Pipe breaks — diesel fuel leaks into St. Lawrence River

Crews wearing face masks worked furiously in Montreal on Wednesday to clean up diesel fuel that spilled into the St. Lawrence River from a Petro-Canada refinery belonging to Suncor Energy Inc. Officials with Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) said the source of the leak was a broken pipe and that the equivalent of about 35 barrels of low-sulphur diesel made it into the river. Bruno Francoeur, vice-president of the Montreal refinery, says the shoreline spill measured 80 metres by 15 metres. He also told The Canadian Press that crews should be able to recover most of the fuel by Thursday, although about 15 per cent of the diesel leaked into the river before containment booms were installed. “A helicopter and boats were used to look downstream to see if there were any traces of the (fuel),” Francoeur said. “We then installed additional booms as a preventive measure.” The mixture of fuel and water was being recovered with the use of vacuum trucks and Francoeur says he expects the operation to be completed on Thursday. “Once the diesel fuel is recovered, we will proceed with the decontamination of the soil and the repair of the pipe which caused the leak,” he said. Francoeur says neither Environment Canada nor Environment Quebec seemed to believe the spill would affect fishlife. “Because we recovered the maximum, we don’t think it will be a problem,” he added. Suncor spokesman Michael Southern said the company became aware of the spill late Tuesday night and alerted its emergency response team and local fire officials. One environmental activist group said the spill is a reminder of just how dangerous the refinery can be for the St. Lawrence River ecosystem. In a statement, Cameron Fenton of Climate Justice Montreal said the Suncor plant could become an important component of Enbridge’s proposed Trailbreaker pipeline, which would pump crude from Alberta’s oil patch through Quebec. “Suncor wants to bring tar sands bitumen to this refinery,” Fenton said. “I don’t even want to imagine the potential disaster if the dirtiest oil on the planet reaches the St. Lawrence River.” ((30 SEP 2010))

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/life/article/648376–pipe-breaks-fuel-leaks-into-st-lawrence

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