Sunday, January 29, 2012

Oil Sands bitumen should be bound for Sarnia

Tyler Kula has written an article in theObserver noting the economic benefits of refining bitumen from Alberta in Sarnia; "Oil sands could be a boon to Sarnia"
Upgrading the oil in Sarnia would allow the area to flourish again, Petryschuk said, noting there have been 7,000 Chemical Valley layoffs over the past three decades.
Upgrading in Sarnia would pay huge huge dividends for Canada’s Gross Domestic Product and help for health care and education, said Petryschuk, adding pipelines already exist to bring bitumen to Sarnia.The Communications Energy and Paperworks (CEP) union, which represents many Chemical Valley workers, has been lobbying the federal government to invest in Canadian upgrading, said national representative Glenn Sonier.
“I think you could see in the near future some visits to our MP Pat Davidson, and looking at trying to push it,” he said.
In a letter to the editor in The Observer in November, he quoted
A study by the Alberta government estimated upgrading in Canada would add 1.5 million Canadian jobs and boost federal government revenue by $748 billion, Sonier noted.
Read the full article at The Observer

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