During the Spring Concert on the evening May 24th, MLA Colin Piquette presented a cheque for $115,000 to the Gibbons School Parent Association to go towards our playground renovation. This generous donation allows the association to complete the construction of the new playground structure in August of this year. Left to right are: Parent Council Members Tracey Wessel, Lisa Hewitt, Eryn Davies and daughter Danika Kneller, MLA Colin Piquette, and Parent Council Member Susan McCann.
Story page A6. –photo by Lori Mellott, Office Clerk
On April 19th I gave an update to the Alberta Legislature on the commissioning of the new Sturgeon Refinery. I was happy to report that things are going well.
Video and full transcript below:
“At the current stage of construction this refinery is able to process synthetic crude into diesel and other value-added products. Over 2 million barrels have been refined and shipped within western
Canada already, and the refinery has started paying off.”
Sturgeon Refinery Update
Mr. Piquette: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to give an update on a project that I’m proud to have in my riding, the Sturgeon refinery. It is a good-news story. The refinery is now nearing completion. Nine out of 10 units are now in the commissioning phase. This past December the refinery produced its first diesel, and I was honoured to attend the celebration in Morinville along with my colleague the MLA for Sherwood Park. At the current stage of construction this refinery is able to process synthetic crude into diesel and other value-added products. Over 2 million barrels have been refined and shipped within western Canada already, and the refinery has started paying off.
The Sturgeon refinery is state of the art and a testament to Alberta ingenuity. It’s the world’s first refinery with integrated carbon capture and storage. At completion this refinery will capture 1.2 million tonnes of CO2. The CO2 is safely sequestered by injecting it into depleted geological formations deep beneath the Earth’s
surface. This is the equivalent of taking nearly 300,000 cars off our roads. The refinery also protects the environment by producing an ultra low sulphur product with low carbon intensity. From a peak of 8,000 workers to around 2,500 today this refinery has logged over 50 million hours of employment. During one of the worst downturns in recent memory this project has provided a decent income to thousands of Alberta families.
Further, this refinery has stood out as a leader in ensuring an equitable and representative workforce through partnering with organizations
such as Women Building Futures and working closely with First Nation communities. It is also known as a good neighbour by the farmers nearby and is a huge supporter of the local community.
Seventy-five per cent of Albertans want to see more refining done in this province. The Sturgeon refinery was the first new refinery built in years and was done with the novel funding arrangement that has made this project possible. The North West Redwater Partnership is to be commended for creating something successful and truly made in Alberta. Thank you.
Always happy to sponsor and volunteer for the Gibbon’s Easter Egg Hunt. Gibbons is lucky to have Melanie Strachan organize this for the community. An event this size takes an incredible amount of work and dedication. Thank you!
MLA Colin Piquette (centre) and mayor Tom Flynn present Jock Archer (left) with the 2017 Alice Modin Award for Seniors Service. This is the first year of the award, which is given to a senior 65 or older who has provided 20 or more years of service. The 6th Annual Seniors Workshop was held Sept 14 in Redwater. The event is put on by the Sturgeon County Seniors Advisory Council. The event featured information about financial assistance programs, healthy eating and cholesterol. Jock Archer has contributed to the community of Gibbons since the early 1970s. He was involved in the creation of the Dew Drop Inn seniors’ facility and has served as president of the Gibbons Seniors Twilight Club since 1999. Jock also organizes events including pancake breakfasts and holiday dinners for seniors.