08/11/2015 07:01 EDT | Updated 08/11/2016 05:59 EDT

Syncrude Faces Environment Protection Order After Herons Found Dead At Oilsands Site

An investigation into the deaths is underway.

Great Blue Heron at Sand Bass Point on Grapevine Lake on November 19, 2014.

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Oilsands giant Syncrude is facing an environmental protection order after the deaths of 30 great blue herons at one of its sites.

The Alberta Energy Regulator has given the company a series of tasks after the discovery of the large shorebirds' carcasses on the  weekend.

Syncrude must collect samples from the site for analysis, develop a plan to clean it up and prevent future deaths and publish daily reports on its progress.

The regulator says some of the work has already begun.

The order is not considered a penalty but a directive to ensure the area is safe for wildlife.

An investigation into the deaths is also underway.

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