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Alberta city council votes against Halliburton chemical storage plant

The proposal called for the chemical storage and processing facility to be built about 800 metres from homes in Leduc, Alta.



LEDUC, Alta.—A proposal to construct a chemical storage facility near homes has been voted down by a county council in central Alberta.

Leduc County councillors on June 3 voted unanimously against approval for construction of the Halliburton chemical storage facility.

The facility would have stored and processed toxic and highly flammable oilfield chemicals.

The proposal called for it to be built in a field about 800 metres from homes.

Residents had campaigned against the facility in recent months.

Halliburton assured safety for residents and the environment would be priorities for the company, but risk assessments lead councillors to their final decision.

Mayor John Whaley said the location near homes was inappropriate and such a facility would be better situated in an industrial area.

“When you start this process you try and work with the applicant to find if there are ways, and obviously it wasn’t going to work in the end and we had to make a tough decision,” Whaley said.

Halliburton reacted to the decision in a statement.

“Halliburton is disappointed that the Leduc County Council did not approve our plans for the Multi-Chem blending facility. We are evaluating our options for the property and our plans for the facility.”

(Filed to The Canadian Press by CTV Edmonton)

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