29 November 2006 17:32 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Ontario urgently needs a long-term strategy to secure natural gas supplies and other feedstocks if it is to avoid further plant closures in the chemicals, refining, plastics and related industries, a top union official said on Wednesday.
Bob Huget, vice-president with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, said he opposed exports of Canadian crude oil and natural gas to the ?xml:namespace>
Referring to Dow Chemical’s planned closures at Ontario’s petrochemicals hub in Sarnia, Huget said: “It makes [no] sense to sit idly by and watch companies like Dow Chemical in Sarnia close while [Canada’s energy regulator] caters to industry demands to keep pumping all of the value-added potential out of our country."
Dow said in August it would close all its manufacturing plants in Sarnia by the end of 2008 due to lack of long-term feedstock supplies after BP suspended ethylene shipments on the Cochin pipeline from Alberta to Ontario.
But Huget also said he welcomed the
The $2.1bn (€1.6bn) pipeline project would, if realised, ship over 430,000 bbl/day of crude from
Huget was not immediately available for additional comment.
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