Leduc County council has deferred a decision on a controversial chemical plant until next month.
Councillors made the decision Tuesday after hearing from lawyers, residents and the company at a public meeting attended by 150 people.
Multi Chem wants to build a fracking fluid processing facility in the Nisku Business Park.
People who live nearby are worried that the facility will receive, store and mix 34 different toxic and flammable chemicals.
They are also concerned that a similar Multi Chem plant in Louisiana was destroyed by fire and explosions in June 2011.
“They are talking about building this on the side of a hill and common sense tells you that liquid runs downhill,” said Alan Cartier, who lives a kilometre away from the proposed site in Leduc County.
“If we have the same thing that happened in Louisiana where the plant blew up, all this chemical is going to come downhill in flames now.basically wiping out that whole valley and anything on the east side which is all our houses.”
Multi Chem was purchased by Haliburton after the Louisiana incident.
A company spokeswoman told CBC News last month that safety is Haliburton’s top priority and that the Leduc County facility would “be engineered with safety and environmental controls that meet or exceed regulatory code and permitting requirements.”
The company argues that there are already 11 similar blending facilities in the area.
Leduc County council has deferred the decision until March 25.