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Upgrader Hearings Met with Opposition

Posted by mhudema on June 23, 2008

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta. — A hearing is under way regarding a proposed new upgrader project northeast of Edmonton.

The Energy Resources Conservation Board is looking at a proposal by Petro-Canada to build a $7-billion oil upgrader northwest of Edmonton.

A hearing that started today in Fort Saskatchewan will hear the company’s formal proposal and give landowners a chance to voice opposition.

Those against the idea are concerned about the pollution the project could bring to what’s known as Upgrader Alley because of several existing and proposed facilities.

Officials with Petro-Canada say they’ve been operating safely in the area for 50 years and are willing to consult with surrounding communities.

The hearing is expected to last two weeks with a decision on the future of the upgrader to be made 90 days after that.

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