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Update on diesel fuel leak in Sarnia

September 13, 2013

SARNIA, ON, Sept. 13, 2013 /CNW/ – Progress continues to be made to
manage a leak that occurred Tuesday at Churchill Road and Vidal Street
in Sarnia of approximately 200 barrels of diesel fuel.

“We apologize to the people of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Walpole Island
First Nation, Sarnia, Wallaceburg and St. Clair Township for the
incident that has occurred,” said Tony Waters, General Manager of
Sun-Canadian Pipe Line. “Sun-Canadian, supported by a team of external
experts from local municipalities and neighbouring industry, is working
24 hours a day to resolve the issues caused by the leak. We are
committed to ensuring that issues are addressed and that you feel
reassured that we are responding appropriately to this situation.”

Specifically, Sun-Canadian Pipe Line reports the following progress:

        --  Test results at intakes downstream indicate that water quality
            in the St. Clair River remains safe and no environmental
            impacts have been noted;

        --  In cooperation with the Sarnia Police, we have implemented a
            traffic management plan in and around Aamjiwnaang to enhance
            the safety of community members; and

        --  We are remediating the site where the leak occurred and have
            skimmed and vacuumed an area of the river enclosed by 1,000
            metres of boom.

“Our immediate priorities are execution of the remediation plan,
restoration of the affected areas, and keeping the public up to date
with our progress,” Waters said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and
understanding while we complete the clean-up.”

Citizens with questions are encouraged to call: 1-800-263-6641 or email: info@sun-canadian.com

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Sun-Canadian Pipeline Company Limited Backgrounder

The Pipeline

The Sun-Canadian Pipeline was built in 1953 to transport refined
petroleum products from refineries in the Sarnia area to fuel
distribution terminals in the London, Hamilton and Toronto areas. The
637-kilometer pipeline consists of 212.1 and 323.9 mm lines running
through five pump stations located in Sarnia, Kerwood, London, Paris
and Waterdown. The operating pressure of the pipeline is 9,900 kPa
(1,440 psi). In 2012, approximately 6.5 million cubic meters of
petroleum products were transported through the pipeline.

Emergency Response Capabilities

Sun-Canadian’s emergency response plan is equipped to handle all
potential spills regardless of size. The company is an active member of
the Chemical Valley Emergency Coordinating Organization, which
co-ordinates emergency response to events in the Sarnia and Lambton
areas. It also has the ability to call on assistance from industry
co-ops sponsored by the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute, and the
Great Lakes Response Centre for marine spills. The Sun-Canadian Oil
Spill Manual and Contingency Plan includes a number of third party
contractors available to provide equipment and services in the event of
an emergency.

Health, Safety & Environmental Management

Sun-Canadian is ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certified. ISO
14001 sets out a framework for companies to implement an effective
environmental management system. Managers are responsible for providing
a safe work environment and developing policies and procedures that
minimize losses and foster safe and environmentally sound workplace
attitudes. In the last 16 years, Sun-Canadian has had zero lost-time
incidents.

The company runs a public awareness program that educates
municipalities, landowners, contractors and developers about the
pipeline and its hazards. It also offers a no-charge line locating
service so that the community can safely work around the line without
risking injury or a potential spill.

Community Support

Sun-Canadian is a platinum donor with the United Way and supports the
St. Matthew’s House Adopt-A-Family program each Christmas.

SOURCE Sun-Canadian Pipe Line


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