Leduc County council turns down chemical plant
Leduc County council has unanimously turned down a controversial chemical plant proposed for the Nisku Business Park.
Councillors said the Multi Chem tank farm and chemical blending plant is the right facility in the wrong place.
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The site backed onto a residential area and residents were concerned their properties would be at risk if a fire or explosion occurred at the plant.
They were also concerned about fumes and odours coming from the facility, which would have produced fluids used in hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas production.
The decision was deferred at least twice by county council.
Multi Chem is owned by energy services company Halliburton.
Halliburton spokeswoman Susie McMichael said in an email that the company is disappointed with council’s decision.
“We are evaluating our options for the property and our plans for the facility,” she wrote, adding that no one from Halliburton would be available for an interview.
Lucille Low, one of the residents who fought the plant, was relieved by the decision.
“It was a really good feeling and I think that it will even hit us even more as we go home and sit down and put our feet up and say ‘yes, we did it.’ Everybody is happy," she said.