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Upgraders No Sound Investment

Posted by mhudema on July 1, 2008

Canadian oil sands: A chorus of concern for the environment

By Bernard Simon in Toronto

Published: June 30 2008 00:33 | Last updated: June 30 2008 00:33

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Whenever residents of Edmonton, Alberta flush their toilets after 2012, some of their sewage will find its way to a Petro-Canada plant northeast of the city that converts bitumen-like oil sands into crude oil.

Petro-Canada has promised that the first phase of the Fort Hills Sturgeon upgrader, consuming 15.8m litres of water a day, will not only run entirely on treated wastewater, but will then send the used water back to Edmonton for further recycling.

The Fort Hills initiative is one of many environmentally friendly processes companies are trumpeting in response to a widening chorus of concern about the damage caused by oil sands extraction and upgrading on water supplies, wildlife habitat and the atmosphere.

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Upgraders need too much water

Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

Upgraders need too much water
The Edmonton Journal

Re: “Upgrader Alley pause urged; Think-tank wants environmental rules set before new permits,” The Journal, June 16.

The biggest travesty relating to Upgrader Alley originates at the Gold Bar waste-water treatment plant in Edmonton. It is there that Epcor, the city-owned utility, plans to take 26 million litres of reclaimed water per day — an amount equal to the daily water consumption of the city of Edmonton. This water is presently returned to the river for use downstream. If the plan goes ahead, no water will be returned to the river by Epcor.

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Hundreds Pack Upgrader Hearing

Posted by mhudema on June 24, 2008

Hundreds of concerned residents from Stratcona and Sturgeon counties pack a Fort Saskchewan hearing into a Petro Canada upgrader on June 23, 2008.

Hundreds flock to upgrader hearing in Fort Sask.

Amanda Ferguson, Updated: Mon Jun. 23 2008 17:10:26

ctvedmonton.ca

Hundreds of people packed a Fort Saskatchewan hall Monday knowing they won’t be able to have their say on a potential new oilsands upgrader for days.

Yet as they crowded into the room to sit in front of a three-member panel for the Energy Resources Conservation Board, they knew they were already getting their point across.

Armed with signs, masks and cheers — more than one hundred people took their cause to a local hotel to protest the latest in a growing list of upgrader projects slated for the Fort Hills area.

“I can’t even comprehend what that’s going to be,” local resident Wayne Groot said. “It’s just massive. We’re going to be inundated with huge amounts of traffic, noise, lights.”

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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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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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Residents Say NO to Upgraders

Posted by mhudema on June 19, 2008

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EDMONTON _ Plans for massive multibillion-dollar projects in an area of Alberta known as Upgrader Alley are galvanizing opposition from landowners and residents who fear they are about to be surrounded by polluters.

Some fear toxic emissions will foul the air. Others say existing petroleum and chemical plants northeast of Edmonton are already belching too many harmful substances.

Still others are using the term “cancer alley” for the portion of Sturgeon County where the sprawling upgraders that transform gooey bitumen into synthetic oil are being built.

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Residents say no to Upgraders

Posted by mhudema on June 19, 2008

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

EDMONTON — 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.

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Upgraders not welcome

Posted by mhudema on June 18, 2008

Oil sands upgrader processing strategy under fire

CALGARY — A report cautioning against the construction of more upgraders in Alberta is reopening the question of how best to process Alberta’s hard-to-handle bitumen once it’s extracted from the oil sands.

Crude from Alberta’s oil sands is too heavy for most refineries to process, and can’t travel down a pipeline without being diluted with a lighter petroleum product. Alberta argues the best way to get the bitumen to market is by processing it in an upgrader – a vast industrial complex that removes the heavier parts – allowing output to be received by more refineries and ensuring that valuable processing work stays in the province.

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