World's fastest response oil containment system hits Canadian waters



    First-of-its-kind response system helps prevent environmental damage
    caused by oil spills

    TORONTO, July 14 /CNW/ - Today, Ontario-based environmental protection
technology leader Murrenhil Corporation launched the world's fastest response
oil containment system, designed to reach and trap an oil spill within
minutes, protecting our oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and coastal areas from
ecological disaster.
    More than a dozen oil spills occur every day in Canada,(1) leaving an
undeniable footprint on our environment. They contaminate our water supply,
significantly impact our health, and destroy helpless marine life and coastal
wetlands unable to avoid their deadly pursuit.
    "Clean, safe water is vital for sustaining our health and our
environment, yet without the critical resources to prevent its contamination
from oil spills, our water supply is at great risk," says Glenn Murray,
president of Murrenhil Corporation. "That's why we've developed the ROC
Barrier(TM), a first-of-its-kind response system designed to reach and contain
an oil spill rapidly - before it spreads out over the water and stretches onto
the shoreline where it has the greatest ecological impact."
    Deployed from the back of a watercraft at speeds of up to 54 kilometres
per hour, the ROC (Rapid Oil Containment) Barrier(TM) is over five times
faster than conventional oil containment booms.(2) While the watercraft
circles the perimeter of the oil spill, the barrier's film laminate
continuously streams from the dispenser to quickly contain and prevent the
spill from becoming a run-away slick.
    The potential for disastrous oil spills on our waterways, including the
Great Lakes, which contain nearly 20 per cent of the world's fresh water, is
significant. A recent spill caused by a pipeline leak dumped an estimated
20,000 litres of oil into Alberta's Red Deer River which feeds popular
swimming spot Gleniffer Lake, cutting off the drinking water supply to
families and tourists in the area.(3)
    Oil spills not only affect our water supply, but they can significantly
impact our health from inhaling a spill's vapours to eating contaminated
seafood. Research shows that contingency planning is an important step in
ensuring a timely and effective response to oil spills.
    The ROC Barrier(TM) is the only available oil containment system small
enough to allow tankers, ships and other watercraft, barges and rigs, marinas
and all other water entry points to store it on site so that it can be
deployed quickly following an oil spill. Made in Canada, the ROC Barrier(TM)
uses a combination of proprietary high-extension sorbent barrier, along with a
patent-pending, extremely compact and easy-to-use deployment system to ensure
the rapid response and containment of oil spills unlike anything used in the
marketplace today.
    The effects of oil spills on Canadian marine life are staggering. A
recent study at Memorial University of Newfoundland estimates that every year
more than 300,000 seabirds are killed by oil off the south coast of
Newfoundland alone.(4) Oil spills have the greatest ecological impact on
coastal areas where they destroy habitats, wetlands and beaches. Last summer's
pipeline spill in Burnaby, B.C. saw an estimated 234,000 litres of oil spread
out over the water making its way down to Burrard Inlet and harming helpless
marine life in its path.(5)
    The ROC Barrier(TM) is the only available oil containment system designed
to recover up to 100 per cent of the oil from a spill - without absorbing the
water. Even better, the oil can be reused, dramatically reducing the economic
cleanup costs.
    "Our global goal is to ensure all marinas, ports, harbours, shipping
lanes, beaches, waterfront resorts, and water conservation areas are prepared
with the ROC Barrier(TM), so that it is readily available to be deployed
quickly after an oil spill occurs," says Murray, adding, "we plan to launch
the ROC Barrier(TM) internationally later this year."
    Murrenhil Corporation has created a unique partnership opportunity
allowing companies to put their corporate logo on its containment systems, in
an effort to help distribute the ROC Barrier(TM) to marinas across Canada and
prevent further environmental damage from oil spills on our water. For more
information or to order the ROC Barrier(TM), visit www.murrenhil.com or call
1.800.808.1927.

    About Murrenhil Corporation

    With an unwavering commitment to protecting the planet's water, Murrenhil
Corporation was formed out of the critical need for a more advanced method of
preventing the disastrous ecological effects of oil spills. Murrenhil
Corporation is dedicated to the sustainable development of environmental
protection technology for use worldwide. The company aims to affect positive
changes and to further the development of safer practices of those industries
involved in potentially hazardous operations that may directly or indirectly
affect the global environment. For more information about Murrenhil
Corporation, visit www.murrenhil.com.

    Attention broadcast media: B-roll quality footage demonstrating how the
ROC Barrier(TM) is deployed is available at: www.murrenhil.com/roc.mp4.

    (1) www.ec.gc.ca/envirozine/english/issues/50/feature2_e.cfm
    (2) Certified by Lloyds of London.
    (3) www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=3dcedbef-f288-4962-90
00-896c9656c595
    (4) www.hww.ca/
    (5) www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070725/spill_environme
nt_070725/20070726?hub=Specials





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