Suncor Refinery Oil Spill Near Montreal Is Contained by City Fire Crews

A fuel spill in the St. Lawrence River at Suncor Energy Inc.’s Montreal refinery has been contained, a city fire official said.

City fire crews surrounded the spill with booms in the Port of Montreal area, Benoit Fleury, the Montreal Fire Department’s chief of operations, said today in a telephone interview. The spill is estimated to be 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long by 50 feet wide, he said.

“Environment Quebec and Environment Canada are on the scene taking care of the situation with Suncor to pick up the leftovers from the spill,” Fleury said.

The fire department’s hazardous materials crew was called to the plant at 8:40 p.m. local time yesterday and contained the spill by 2 a.m., Fleury said. The spill presented no danger to the public from a fire or explosion, he said.

A leak of a mixture of diesel and water was found at the port, Michael Southern, a Suncor spokesman, said in a telephone interview. “The source of the leak has been stopped,” he said.

Suncor, Canada’s largest oil company, produces 130,000- barrels per day of gasoline and other petroleum products from the refinery, according to the Calgary-based company’s website.

A telephone call to Environment Canada wasn’t immediately returned.

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