Syncrude responds to oil sands protest

    No environmental impacts or operational upsets were caused

    FORT MCMURRAY, AB, July 24 /CNW/ - Syncrude confirms that 11 Greenpeace
activists entered our Aurora site earlier today without permission.  It is
believed they gained access by breaking through a locked gate.  The protestors
were found by Syncrude personnel and escorted to another area on the site to
ensure their safety.
    "We are thankful no one was hurt," said Tom Katinas, President and Chief
Executive Officer. "While we encourage debate and dialogue about the
environmental impacts of oil sands development, we do expect it to be
conducted in a lawful and professional manner. The action of the protestors
put themselves at risk of injury given their unfamiliarity with the operations
of a large and complex industrial site."
    There were no environmental impacts or operational upsets as a result of
this incident.

For further information:

For further information: Mark Kruger, Public Affairs Advisor, (780)

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