The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said today that the company pleaded guilty in provincial court to causing or permitting a spill in the province's offshore area.
The board charged Suncor Energy following a spill in March 2011 of 26,400 litres of synthetic based mud, a fluid used to lubricate drill pipes and balance reservoir pressure.
Suncor Energy has been fined $30,000 and ordered to pay another $100,000 into an environmental damages fund.
Two other charges — failing to handle drilling fluids in a way that would prevent pollution and failing to handle drilling fluids so they don't create an environmental hazard — were dropped as part of the guilty plea.
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