Suncor Responds to Activists at Oil Sands Site
FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2009) - At approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning, activists entered Suncor's oil sands site north of Fort McMurray. The group, who entered without authorization, is presently located at a plant on the site that is used to transport and prepare oil sands ore for further processing. Suncor staff are working with the activists to ensure the safety of everyone on the site. Suncor's oil sands facilities continue to operate safely.
The activists are protesting oil sands development. Although Suncor has extended the invitation to Greenpeace in the past to discuss their concerns around energy development, Greenpeace has not contacted Suncor in relation to their current activities and entry into Suncor's site.
For the near term, Suncor's focus is on ensuring the safety and respectful treatment of activists and employees alike. Suncor continues to extend its offer to discuss oil sands development with Greenpeace, and all stakeholders.
"We have maintained an open door to engage with credible stakeholders who want to work constructively on improving the environmental performance of resource development and energy use," said Steve Williams, chief operating officer of Suncor.
Work with researchers, industry partners, governments and environmental advocates has helped Suncor drive improvements that place the company among Canada's leaders in reducing greenhouse gas emissions intensity. Since 1990, Suncor's oil sands emissions intensity has been reduced by nearly half and the company continues to look at further improvements to energy efficiency at its oil sands and refining operations. It is also among Canada's leading investors in renewable energy, with four wind farms and a biofuels plant. These facilities currently offset nearly 700,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.
More information about Suncor's environmental performance related to air, land and water, our investment in communities and economic benefits is available in Suncor's Report on Sustainability, online at www.suncor.com/sustainability .
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