Media advisory - Message from the Montreal Port Authority

    MONTREAL, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Following the March 17, 2008
Radio-Canada report regarding a chemical (paraxylene) spill that occurred in
April 2003, the Montreal Port Authority would like to point out the following:
upon hearing news of the spill on April 10, 2003 the Montreal Port Authority,
along with all interested parties, immediately advised public health and
safety officials, and authorities responsible for informing local communities.
The Montreal Port Authority ensured that its tenant, Ultramar, rapidly put in
place and executed an emergency measures plan. In addition, meetings took
place with environmental interest groups, including Comité ZIP (Zone
d'intervention prioritaire de la rive nord de l'estuaire) which was advised of
the situation in October 2003.
    Patrice M. Pelletier, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Montreal Port Authority, has reviewed the situation and would like the
Montréal community to know that the Montreal Port Authority will continue to
be as transparent as possible in its communications, and this to the benefit
of all citizens. Indeed, the Montreal Port Authority will continue to
collaborate with all interested parties to ensure that public authorities
inform the public in a timely manner and do so in a transparent manner for
this and future cases of a similar nature.

For further information:

For further information: Anna di Giorgio, Director of Communications,
(514) 283-1489

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