Hold Imperial Oil Accountable for Regina Refinery Contamination

Hold Imperial Oil Accountable for Regina Refinery Contamination

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Mike Owem started this petition to Government of Saskatchewan

45 years have passed since an Imperial Oil refinery in Regina was closed - the extent of contamination is still unknown. The company processed petroleum on the site for nearly 60 years, in a century where environmental laws and monitoring were next to non-existent. 

Read here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-refinery-contamination-unkown-45-years-later-1.5738396

“Saskatchewan's Ministry of Environment admits it still doesn't know how much contamination was left behind by an Imperial Oil refinery in Regina that was shut down 45 years ago, or what effects it may be having on human health and the environment.”

“Work in the area has also unearthed contaminated pipes and tanks that were left in the ground after decommissioning”

“Experts question province's 'voluntary' approach

Severson-Baker said its "shocking" that the ministry still doesn't know the the extent of the contamination and the associated risk.

"I can't think of any examples, even some of the more egregious ones, where a company was allowed to decide whether or not to do that kind of work on its own," said Severson-Baker, noting he's been working in the field of environmental cleanup for 24 years. 

He said in comparable situations in Alberta, the government has taken a much tougher line and required relatively quick assessment of environmental damage.”

In fact, a similar refinery In Calgary was remediated in the 2000’s, after the Alberta Government ordered Imperial to clean it up. 

Demand that our government hold Imperial Oil responsible for cleaning up the site, before it contaminates the Regina aquifer or causes additional health effects to the citizens of Regina.

 

 

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