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Metis denied voice at upgrader hearing

Posted by mhudema on June 23, 2008

No intervenor status for Metis at upgrader hearing
Robin Collum
edmontonjournal.com
The room was packed as people stood into the hallway at the first day of the hearing for Petro Canada's tar sands upgrader northeast of Edmonton.
CREDIT: Bruce Edwards/Edmonton Journal
The room was packed as people stood into the hallway at the first day of the hearing for Petro Canada’s tar sands upgrader northeast of Edmonton.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN – More than 100 residents and activists attended the first day of hearings on a proposed Petro-Canada upgrader plant northeast of Edmonton.

The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board  is analyzing whether to give the go-ahead to Petro-Canada’s Fort Hill Oilsands Project, an upgrader that would be built in the area dubbed Upgrader Alley.

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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.

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Upgraders ramp up toxic fear

Posted by mhudema on June 20, 2008

Metro

Upgraders ramp up toxic fears

By Jeff Cummings
20 June 2008 12:44
ben lemphers/metro edmonton

Maureen Chichak, a resident of Strathcona County and member of Citizens for Responsible Development, discusses the effects upgrader projects are having on her and her neighbours.

Some residents who live in Alberta’s “Upgrader Alley” say they don’t want to have their farms and acreages swallowed up by any more towering oilsands plants.
In fact, they expect to flood a boardroom in Fort Saskatchewan Monday for a public hearing to review Petro-Canada’s bid to build a $14-billion upgrader project that will require close to 14.5 million cubic metres of water each year in order to make millions of barrels of oil each day.

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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.

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Landowners raise concerns about Edmonton-area upgraders

Posted by mhudema on June 20, 2008

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Anne Brown, who lives in the area northeast of Edmonton known as “upgrader alley,” says many people call the region “cancer alley” because of the number of people who have fallen ill.(CBC)

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Shell Canada’s Scotford refinery, the first of the Edmonton-area upgrader plants, has been in operation since 1983.(CBC)

CBC.CA News
Section: Edmonton
Broadcast Date: Friday, June 20, 2008
Time: Thu June 19 18:34:02 2008 EDT
Network: CBC

A group of landowners and farmers northeast of Edmonton spoke out Thursday about the growing number of heavy oil processing plants proposed for the area known as “upgrader alley.”

They are worried what the expansion of the upgrader industry will mean to the air and water quality in the area, and how the plants will affect the health of their families. Upgraders transform bitumen found in Alberta’s oilsands into synthetic oil.

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And worst air quality goes to…

Posted by mhudema on June 2, 2008

Air quality worsening in oilsands area: report
Hanneke Brooymans
Edmonton Journal

Air pollutants that are going down in most parts of Alberta are zooming upward in the province’s oilsands region, according to recent government reports.

The worst of the pollutants, a poisonous gas called hydrogen sulphide, shows the most troublesome trend.

Peak hydrogen sulphide concentrations have increased in the oilsands area by 30 to 175 per cent since 1999, says an Alberta Environment report.

The compound has even occasionally exceeded the air quality guideline set by the government. Meanwhile, in most urban areas, these concentrations are declining.

Alberta Liberal environment critic David Swann said he’s not surprised air quality is deteriorating.

“The huge expansion of development up there is what you would expect to cause increasing emissions and increasing threats to both the environment and human health.”

Swann said the government should put a cap on air pollutants in the region.

The government report notes other pollutants are showing the same trends. Nitrous oxides are going down almost everywhere else, but going up in Fort McMurray and the oilsands region. The story is much the same for sulphur dioxide. Mean annual levels have decreased at most Alberta monitoring stations since 1990, except for some stations in the oilsands area, north of Fort McMurray, the report says.

© The Calgary Herald 2008

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