SUFFIELD, Alta. – The Alberta government has swooped down on an oil company that ‘violated’ regulations by operating a well too close to endangered Hawks.
The province says it has ordered Calgary-based Crew Energy Inc. to stop operating an oil well near Suffield in southern Alberta.
The government says the well is too close to a nest of ferruginous hawks, which are protected under the federal Species At Risk Act.
The province says it has also cancelled the company’s mineral surface lease at the site.
Alberta law prohibits high-risk developments within 1,000 metres of active nests to protect the birds.
The company must also submit a plan to restore the well site to its original condition.