Shell must clean up tar sands, Sarnia refinery

    SARNIA, ON, July 8 /CNW/ - The news that Shell Canada is mothballing its
proposal for a new tar sands refinery in Sarnia, Ontario was greeted
cautiously by environmental groups today.
    "Shell's proposal would have connected up a dirty tar sands mine with a
dirty Ontario airshed," said Ron Plain, Project Manager with Environmental
Defence. "The federal government must make Shell and other companies clean up
both ends of the pipe if these projects are going to gain public acceptance."
    Shell has been proposing to build a 150,000 to 250,000 barrel a day
refinery in Sarnia to handle product from its tar sands mine in Alberta. It
was unclear whether Shell would be closing its existing refinery in Sarnia.
The Sarnia area is called "Chemical Valley" due to the high number of
polluting plants there.
    "Producing a barrel of oil from the tar sands leads to three times the
global warming emissions as producing a barrel of regular oil," said
Matt Price, Project Manager with Environmental Defence. "Tar sands expansion
by Shell and other companies is holding Canada hostage in our desire to tackle
global warming. It's time to clean it up."

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact: Ron
Plain, Environmental Defence, (416) 271-6269 (cell); Matt Price, Environmental
Defence, (250) 483-5328

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