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3TuesdayApril22013ThankYoutoallofthosewhoparticipatedinthisyearsAboriginalLanguagesMonthBannerContestCongratulationstothefollowingwinnersforcorrectlyguessingthephrasesGladysRehmJessieWilconsonAbbyGardinerSandraRobichaudLucyBourkeLoisCourtoreille-BourkeBroughttoyoubyTheNWTMtisNationKinanaskomitinSuncorwastewaterleaksintoAthabascaRiverByMEAGANWOHLBERGAbreachinapipelineataSuncorEnergyInc.oilsandsfacilitynorthofFortMcMur-rayleaked2200barrlesofcontaminatedwaterintotheAthabascaRiveronMonday.The10-ftpipelinemeasur-ing4incheswidebrokeafteritfrozeMondaymorningallow-ing350cubicmetresofprocessaffectedwater-waterusedinSuncorsreneryoperations-toowouttoapartiallyfrozenoutfallpondcontainingtreatedwaterandontotheriver.Wehavedeterminedthatsomeprocessaffectedwaterowedouttothepartiallyfro-zenpondandintoanapproveddischargepoint.Itwasdilutedwithwaterintendedforre-leaseandthenowedintotheriveraccordingtoaSuncor-issuedstatementonTuesdayafternoon.Testsconrmedtheleakedliquidwasacombinationofwaterwithsuspendedsolids-claysandneparticulates-alongwithinorganicandorganiccompounds.Thoughthecompanydidnotgetintospecicsitsaidthewaterdidnotcontainbitumen.Theowwasstoppedatap-proximately400p.m.onMon-dayafterleakingfor10hoursaccordingtoSuncor.Thecom-panywasunabletogivedetailsonthelengthandvolumeoftheleakuntillateonWednesday.AssoonaswerealizedtherewasadischargeintotheriverworkimmediatelybegantostoptheowSuncorofcialssaidinanupdateonThursdaymorning.Athirdpartyisinvestigatingtheimpactoftheprocessaf-fectedwaterontheriverwhichSuncorsaidwouldlikelyhaveashorttermnegligibleimpactontheriverbasedonthecur-rentrateowoftheriverandvolumecalculations.AsaprecautionarymeasureSuncorcontinuedtotakewatersamplesatdownstreamloca-tionsalongtheAthabascaasofThursday.Thecompanyapologizedfortheleak.communityintheregionthistypeofincidentisofgreatcon-cernandsubstantiatesmycom-munityslong-timeconcernsofthenegativeandadverseim-pactsthisindustryhasonourecosystemtraditionallandsconditionshavechangedsig-nificantlychallengingtheeconomicsoftheVoyageurupgraderprojectSteveWil-liamsSuncorpresidentandchiefexecutiveofcersaidinanewsreleaseonWednesday.Thatswhyweundertookathoroughreviewoftheprojecttodeterminewhetheritmetourcriteriaforlong-termprot-ablegrowth.SuncorpurchasedTotalsin-terestintheupgraderfor515millionlastWednesdaygain-ingfullcontrolovertheproject.Asthecompanysthirdup-graderVoyageurwouldsee200000barrelsperdayofup-gradedproductcapacityaddedtoSuncorsoilsandsfacilities.PhotoGlobalForestWatchCanadaEnvironmentWaterApipelineatSuncorsoilsandsfacilitynorthofFortMcMurrayleaked2200barrelsofwastewaterovera10-hourperiodintotheAthabascaRiveronMonday.Thisincidentisunacceptabletous.Ourfocusisoninvestigatinghowthisoccurredandensuringthisdoesnthappenagain.SuncorstatementWeknowwaterqualityis-suesareaparamountconcerntoourstakeholders.Thisinci-dentisunacceptabletous.Ourfocusisoninvestigatinghowthisoccurredandensuringthisdoesnthappenagain.TheAlbertadepartmentofEnvironmentandSustainableResourceDevelopmentESRDwasonsiteearlyMondaytakingsamplesfromtheriverandtheprocesswatertobesenttothelabforrushanalysistode-terminetheirleveloftoxicity.AlbertaEnvironmenthasbeennotiedoftheincidentandallnecessaryresourceshavebeendirectedtothere-sponseESRDMinisterDianaMcQueenannouncedonTues-day.Atthistimeourexpertsareoverseeingtheincidenttodeterminewhatifanypotentialimpactsmayhaveoccurredandwewillcontinuetobestrictinouroversightactivitiestoen-sureindustrymeetsAlbertashighstandardsforresponsibleresourcedevelopment.ThedownstreamAtha-bascaChipewyanFirstNationACFNrespondedtotheleakonTuesdaysayingtheacci-dentconrmstheAboriginalcommunitysconcernsoveroilsandsdevelopmentalongtherivertheydependonfordrinkingwater.AschiefofadownstreamandculturalrightsACFNChiefAllanAdamsaidinanofcialstatement.AdamwasinOttawaforapressconferencejustdaysbe-forethepipelineburstaspartofadelegationofFirstNationsannouncingtheirunitedop-positiontoproposedbitumenpipelinesandtheexpansionofoilsandsindustryinnorthernAlberta.WhileAdamsaidhisFirstNationisnotanti-developmentACFNisconcernedwithweakenvironmentalregulationswhichhesaidarecateredto-wardindustry.ThisincidentinSuncorsoperationsisjustanotherex-ampleofwhatsatstakeandthegovernmentsandindustrysfailuretosafeguardtheenvi-ronmentandpeoplehesaid.Italsoservesasareminderoftheweakenvironmentalmoni-toringsystemsandtheinabilityoftheregiontotakeonmoredevelopment.SuncorscrappingVoyageurupgraderprojectThecompanyalsoan-nouncedlastweekthatitwouldnotbeproceedingwithitstroubledVoyageurupgraderprojectfollowingthedecisionbypartnerTotalEPCanadatopulloutoftheventure.Since2010market