QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett again talked about the importance of Enbridge’s Line 5 to jobs at the Nanticoke Imperial refinery during a statement in the Ontario Legislature last week.

“Imperial Oil’s refinery at the Nanticoke industrial park, formerly Texaco, is a key anchor in our Haldimand–Norfolk industrial economy,” he said in the Legislature, last Wednesday. “Since the early 1980s, our area’s refinery has provided around 300 full-time jobs, in addition to a daily average of 200 contractor positions.”

Barrett said the plant accounts for about 25 per cent of the petroleum products used in Ontario for diesel, gasoline, aviation fuel, asphalt, heavy oil and home heating oil.

He emphasized the importance of Line 5 saying, “The line 5 pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac, coming in from the west, is crucial for our refinery’s operation and crucial for the operation of the economy in Ontario and Quebec, as well as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and certainly Michigan itself. If the governor of Michigan was successful in shutting down line 5, it would jeopardize 65 per cent of the propane going to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and 55 per cent of the propane requirements across the state. The shutdown would put at risk half the jet fuel supply to Detroit metro airport.”

Barrett highlighted the $82.3 billion in two-way trade between Michigan and Ontario. “We’re friends, we’re neighbours, we’re allies: We have a great and close working relationship, and we hope that continues, as well as the flow of product through this pipeline.”

For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or toby.barrett@pc.ola.org

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March 3, 2021