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Shell project will have impact beyond Canada

Shell project will have impact beyond Canada

JUNE 19, 2008

As an elected state legislator, my role is clear: Ensure the concerns of my constituents are heard and addressed in Lansing. Representing St. Clair County, however, offers unique challenges. Unlike many other Michigan communities, we not only are directly impacted by the decisions of our state, but also those of a foreign country.

As planning for the Shell Oil Refinery Expansion Project in Lambton County nears completion, I have been contacted by many residents with questions on the environmental impacts of such a project. While we, in Michigan, have no legal authority over the decisions of Shell or Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, as neighbors, who share the water and air, it is imperative that our concerns are addressed.

Shell has hosted over 20 informational open houses on the expansion project to allow interested individuals to ask questions and voice their concerns. Up to this point, however, none have been held in Michigan. Believing our concerns warrant equal attention, I contacted Shell and requested they give St. Clair County residents the same courtesy by holding such a meeting in Michigan.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday at the East China Township Offices (5111 River Road, East China) from 9 to 11 a.m. Shell will have experts on hand to answer questions and address concerns on air and water quality, the environmental assessment process and the project’s time line.

I hope everyone with an interest in this project will make time to join me Monday in East China Township. Now is our chance to have the concerns of St. Clair County officially addressed. For more information, please contact my office at: (517) 373-1790 or [email protected].


State Representative

81st District

Michigan House of Representatives

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