Posted on March 26, 2018 (updated: June 19, 2019)

STATEMENT: Province orders escalation of investigation into Imperial Oil’s massive flaring event, Ecojustice reacts

TORONTO – Vanessa Gray, Aamjiwnaang First Nation community member and Dr. Elaine MacDonald, Healthy Communities program director at Ecojustice, issued the following statement in response to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s recommendation to commence a criminal investigation into Imperial Oil’s 10-day flaring incident in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley.


Elaine MacDonald, Ecojustice Healthy Communities program director said:


“We are pleased that the government has decided to heed our recommendation and fully investigate the causes of Imperial Oil’s flaring incident in February 2017, as well as its impacts on nearby residents.


“We remain hopeful that the results will be the wake-up call to government that it must start taking appropriate action to deter future incidents and acknowledge the serious impacts these events have on the nearby communities.”


Vanessa Gray, Aamjiwnaang First Nation community member said:


“I want community members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation to feel safe and valued, this means cutting down on emissions and charging Imperial Oil for endangering the air we all breathe.”


The investigation into the Imperial Oil incident that left the skies above south Sarnia and Aamjiwnaang First Nation alight with flames was prompted by Ecojustice on behalf of Vanessa Gray.


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