The oil sands company charged with killing 1,606 ducks in its toxic waste pond wants one of the charges against it to be thrown out.



Syncrude Canada Ltd. has been charged under both provincial and federal laws after the ducks died in April, 2008 in its 12-square-kilometre tailings pond. The incident stirred international furor, and, to oil sands critics, has come to symbolize the environmental destruction of the massive crude-extracting projects around Fort McMurray.

But in the first day of a two-month trial against the company, its lawyer, Robert White, argued that forcing it to face both charges at the same time would be akin to

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