Suncor Energy takes action on Alberta government order



    FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Suncor Energy is taking steps to
comply with an environmental protection order issued today by Alberta
Environment. The order relates to emissions at Suncor's oil sands plant that
have exceeded air quality standards and which are resulting in increased
odours from the operation.
    "We take this situation very seriously and are committed to getting it
resolved as quickly as possible. We're focused on generating safe, reliable
production and that includes resolving issues that contribute to odours," said
Kirk Bailey, Suncor's executive vice president, oil sands.
    The cause of the odours is primarily being attributed to reliability
issues with emission control equipment, as well as increased emissions from
Suncor's tailings ponds.
    To correct the problem, Suncor is upgrading its emission control
equipment and reducing discharges to the tailings ponds. The company has also
introduced processing changes and is undertaking a more comprehensive air
monitoring program.
    The work to control emissions is expected to occur without impacting
production.

    This news release contains forward-looking statements that address
expectations about the future. These statements are based on Suncor's current
goals, expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions, as well as its
current budgets and plans for capital expenditures.These statements are not
guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially, as a
result of factors, risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, to which
Suncor's business is subject. Further discussion of the risks, uncertainties
and other factors that could affect these plans, and any actual results, is
included in Suncor's annual report to shareholders and other documents filed
with regulatory authorities.

    Suncor Energy Inc. is an integrated energy company headquartered in
Calgary, Alberta. Suncor's oil sands business, located near Fort McMurray,
Alberta, extracts and upgrades oil sands and markets refinery feedstock and
diesel fuel, while operations throughout western Canada produce natural gas.
Suncor operates a refining and marketing business in Ontario with retail
distribution under the Sunoco brand. U.S.A. downstream assets include pipeline
and refining operations in Colorado and Wyoming and retail sales in the Denver
area under the Phillips 66(R) brand. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are
listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.





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