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Residents speak out over latest project in Alberta’s busy ‘upgrader alley’

Posted by mhudema on June 20, 2008

Alaska Highway News
Friday, June 20, 2008
Page: B2
Section: Finance
Dateline: EDMONTON
Source: Alaska Highway News

Landowners and residents are speaking out against the latest in a growing list of upgrader projects for an area northeast of Edmonton known as Upgrader Alley.

People in Sturgeon County are intervening in provincial hearings to review the $14-billion Petro-Canada (TSX:PCA) upgrader project.

Anne Brown and Maureen Chichak both know several people in the area who have cancer, including two farmers who both died of lung cancer even though neither man smoked.

The women say they fear the already tainted air in their rural community will become even worse with more upgraders.

Petro-Canada spokesman Peter Symons says the hearings will allow all stakeholder concerns to be heard and the plant will be built with the best available emissions technology.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has already said there will be a cap placed on total emissions in the industrial heartland region.

© 2008 Hollinger Canadian Newspapers Limited Partnership

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