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Suncor Says St. Lawrence Refinery Spill Was 35 Barrels

Most of a diesel fuel spill in the St. Lawrence River at Suncor Energy Inc.’s Montreal refinery will be cleaned up by tomorrow, a company spokesman said.

Suncor and Environment Canada estimated the spill at 35 barrels of diesel, Michael Southern, a Suncor spokesman, said on a conference call with reporters. Cleanup crews expected to vacuum 30 barrels from the river by tomorrow, he said. He said the spill did not affect production.

“We believe the source was a line connecting the refinery to the dock,” said Southern. “We are deeply sorry and we regret this incident was not prevented.”

No injured wildlife has been found in efforts by Suncor and Environment Canada to determine the spill’s extent, he 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. He estimated the spill to be 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long by 50 feet wide.

“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.

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.

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