February 23rd, 2018

Federal gov’t should help build refineries in Alberta


By Letter to the Editor on February 7, 2018.

To make up for the insult Albertans felt from his father, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should not approve the Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline to B.C. but help build refineries in Alberta to ship cleaner product.

Alberta would get jobs and revenue, Kinder Morgan still gets business and praise for a cleaner pipeline, and B.C. keeps its coast safe and welcome to Albertans. Win-win-win. Oil multinationals might even like that, as they would save the cost of upgrades to their refineries outside Canada.

The real national interest is not to send jobs overseas but create them here.

David Heinimann

Terrace, B.C.

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4 Responses to “Federal gov’t should help build refineries in Alberta”

  1. already extinct says:

    David you are probably as baffled as I’ve been for decades why the country and indeed this province does not process the bulk of its own resources in sustainable ways, that protect the environment, provide jobs and create prosperity.

  2. Resolute says:

    The common answer has been that economics and minimal environmental disruption is best served by shipping raw crude as a single stream to refineries located at each market. Better to have a few large pipelines going to discrete refiners that then split the raw product into multiple finished products to be dispatched over a complex distibution system radiating outwards. Economy and speed of scale with minimal risk of end product contamination.

  3. already extinct says:

    Then Resolute why don’t we or why haven’t we developed that refinery located at one of those markets and become the discreet “refiner”, “radiating outwards” ?

  4. Resolute says:

    Been too busy shovelling to get back here. I think the Edmonton/FS area maintains adequate capacity for the Alberta market. More capacity here would require more parallel lines of transport to other markets that have existing refining capacity so only want raw crude sent there. Could do it anyway to generate employment here but may not make money. Oh right. Not an NDP requirement.


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