09/19/2013 01:35 EDT | Updated 11/19/2013 05:12 EST

Crew Energy Inc. Suffield: Alberta Shuts Down Oil Well To Protect Nest Of Threatened Hawks

SUFFIELD, Alta. - The Alberta government has swooped down on an oil company to protect a nest of threatened hawks.

The province says it has ordered Calgary-based Crew Energy Inc. (TSX:CR) 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.

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