EASTERN MONTREAL, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Contrary to what is
claimed by both the Quebec Association against air pollution (AQLPA)
and Greenpeace, who oppose the project for the reversal of Line 9B, the
quality of the air has greatly improved in eastern Montreal.
According to the latest assessment of the environmental air quality
monitoring network of the city of Montreal (RSQA), the presence of
pollutants in eastern Montreal is at its lowest level since the
establishment of the RSQA's #3 measuring station, which was 12 years
ago. According to André Brunelle, president of the Industrial
Association for the East of Montreal (AEIM), "the reversal of Line 9B
will not change this trend. Our organization shares the concerns of
Quebecers for the protection of the environment. Moreover, thanks to
technology and a common desire to do a better job of protecting the
environment, our members have reduced their emissions and work closely
with the Environment Department of the City of Montreal to prevent
atmospheric pollution." In fact, since the founding of the AEIM,
industrial discharges have significantly decreased.
On the risk of rupture due to corrosion, "several studies, including one
conducted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, showed that this
hypothesis was not proven, and that safety was not compromised by the
nature of the oil transported through the Enbridge pipeline," said
The reversal of the line 9B is a major project for the east of Montreal.
Recent studies confirm that almost 4,000 jobs in Quebec depend on the
petrochemical and refining industries. Crude oil in western Canada
provides greater energy supply safety for Quebecers, and has the
advantage of being cheaper than the oil that comes from abroad and that
currently supplies all Quebec refining and petrochemicals industries.
The latter would be more competitive. "There is no doubt for us that
the proposed reversal of Line 9 will consolidate manufacturing in
eastern Montreal and will generate benefits for the petrochemical
industry as well as for Quebec," said Mr. Brunelle.
About the AIEM
Established in 1960, with an emphasis on protecting the environment, the
AIEM now focuses on the harmonization of industrial activities with its
urban environment. Its mandate is to offer members a forum for
concerted actions, as well as services and advice tailored to their
needs for continuous improvement in a continuously evolving urban
setting. Its scope of action and priorities are directly related to:
sustainable development, risk management of major industrial accidents
and collaborations with public services as well as the local community.
SOURCE: Association Industrielle de l'Est de Montréal (AIEM)
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