$90M grain and oil hubs to be built in Sask.
There will soon be a new network for exporting Saskatchewan's grain and oil into the United States.
Two rail hubs will be built near the U.S. border in the community of Northgate, Saskatchewan.
The agriculture company Ceres Global Ag Corp., has already bought more than 600 hectares in the area. The $90 million project will connect to a major network of rail lines in the U.S.
Ceres said in a news release, "One loop will be dedicated to a grain handling and shipping facility, and the other to transloading and shipping oil."
The Saskatchewan oil shipping facility will be able to send about 70,000 barrels of oil per day to the U.S.
Currently, Canada ships about the same number of barrels by rail per day.
Shipping significantly more oil from Saskatchewan has some groups concerned. John Bennett, president of Sierra Club Canada, said the project may be hazardous to the environment and public health.
"It's not as safe as it might sound and there are a lot of accidents on railway lines," Bennett told the Afternoon Edition's Craig Lederhouse.
"This oil is not classified as a dangerous good. It doesn't have the same kind of precautions required that other dangerous goods do," he said. "That means railroad companies do not have to have an emergency response plan on hand."