Suncor Energy responds to spill at Montreal refinery port facilities
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) - Suncor Energy is responding to a diesel spill that occurred last night at its Montreal refinery port facilities. Current estimates indicate that approximately 35 barrels of diesel leaked into the St. Lawrence River.
Suncor's emergency response team was activated immediately supported by the Montreal fire department and containment booms were deployed into the river to contain the product at the dock. Currently, there is no evidence of any damage to fish or wildlife.
"The source of the leak has been stopped. Most of the product has been contained and is currently being recovered with the use of vacuum trucks," said Bruno Francoeur, vice president, Suncor Montreal refinery. "Suncor's first priority is to protect the environment and to minimize the impact of this incident on the river. At this point, with the containment we have deployed to the river, we expect to complete the recovery of at least 30 barrels of diesel within approximately 24 hours."
All the required regulatory bodies, including the Ministry of the Environment, have been notified and are actively engaged in the situation. Suncor will continue to provide updates on its website at www.suncor.com as further information becomes available.
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Suncor Energy Inc. is Canada's premier integrated energy company. Suncor's operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. While working to responsibly develop petroleum resources, Suncor is also developing a growing renewable energy portfolio. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
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