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Shell Sarnia Refinery Project Halted

Shell Project Halted

Major disappointment for Sarnia Lambton Tuesday. Shell is abandoning plans for a multi billion dollar heavy oil refinery in St Clair Township. Blackburn Radio News has learned the Oil company informed its staff Tuesday morning, to stop working on pre development and engineering work. Millions of dollars has been spent to this date on a plan that appears now destined to be shelved indefinitely. Just a few weeks ago, project Manager Amrik Ahluwalia was touting newly developed environmental technologies that were to be used and that further time would be needed before an EA submission would be submitted to the province. Today he’s making phone calls to local officials informing them of the development freeze. Shell had optioned about 24 hundred hectares (nine square miles) of property southeast of Courtright for the refining facility to process heavy crude from Alberta. If the refinery had been built it would have employed thousands of construction workers on site for about four years and created hundreds of full time jobs in the future. Cost considerations are mentioned for today’s project abandonment

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