Canadian Wildlife Service investigates bird deaths at Canaport LNG plant

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – All non-essential staff at the Canaport liquefied natural gas plant in Saint John were sent home Thursday as officers with the Canadian Wildlife Service went to the facility to investigate the deaths of about 7,500 migrating birds.

The birds died about a month ago when they flew into a flare that was burning off excess gas at the facility.

Kate Shannon, a spokeswoman with Canaport, says the company was not aware the officers were going to arrive Thursday.

Shannon says Canaport was complying with their requests and the plant was still operating.

The plant is owned by Repsol, which holds a 75 per cent interest, while Irving Oil of has a 25 per cent share in the facility.