End of environmental restoration work on cells 1 and 3 of Sector 103 bays of Montréal's port area

    MONTREAL, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Restoration Group, comprising
Montréal Port Authority, Imperial Oil Company, Shell Canada Products and
Xstrata Copper, is pleased to announce the end of environmental restoration
work on cells 1 and 3 of Sector 103 bays of Montréal's port area. Project
completion was officially marked during an event organized by the Jacques
Cartier ZIP Committee on June 10th.

    Nature and scope of restoration project

    The restoration project, one of ten major undertakings of the like in
Canada, proved important for three reasons. Firstly, in terms of the scope of
the work conducted, more than 52 000 m(3) of contaminated sediment were
extracted from the river.
    Secondly, in terms of efficiency, the project made it possible to remove
more than 98% of contaminated sediment present in the aquatic environment. By
using an environmental dredger, rigorously monitoring all work carried out and
conducting post-dredging characterization, project partners were able to
achieve an exceptionally high level of efficiency. Indeed, projects are
generally deemed successful once a recovery threshold of 91% or more has been
    Thirdly, the voluntary and collaborative nature of the project set it
apart from others. Indeed, each of the partners voluntarily committed to the
project and jointly defrayed all project costs, from preliminary studies
through to execution. Collaboration was the project's signature thrust. For
several years running, the partners and Jacques Cartier ZIP Committee
cooperated closely in planning and carrying out project activities,
demonstrating beyond a doubt that the citizenry and the corporate sector can
work together in harmony. The level of determination and quality of the work
carried out by the ZIP Committee earned the latter a silver level 2008
Canadian Environment Award in the 'Restoration and Rehabilitation' category.
    Equally remarkable was the level of cooperation by each of the three
levels of government: City of Montréal, Québec Ministry of Sustainable
Development, Environment and Parks and Environment Canada. In this regard, we
must underscore the important contribution by Environment Canada which, as
instigator of the project, played a key role throughout the execution process.

    "We are extremely proud of this project. The Environment Canada
certificate awarded to each of the partners speaks volumes about recognition
for efforts expended and overall project success. Each partner has been active
in Montréal East for several decades, is resolutely committed to operating in
accordance with the dictates of sustainable development and keen on continuing
to work together with the community," stated Luc Camiré, spokesperson for the
restoration group and Coordinator, Project and Documentation Group with Shell
Canada Products at the refinery in Montréal East. For further information,
please log on to our website at www.grouperestauration103.com.

For further information:

For further information: Colette Schwartz, (514) 915-9239; Source:
Restoration Group

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