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    Affordable Natural Gas a “Game Changer”

    Unprecedented access by its Sarnia-Lambton plants to affordable natural gas liquids from U.S. shale deposits, is something Nova Chemicals is calling nothing short of a “game changer.” Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, and chairperson of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership agrees, calling Nova’s expansion plans “really significant” for the community.

    It’s all part of the company’s Nova 2020 capital strategy. According to Nova spokesperson, Krista Hagan, work on the project began in September to enable the plant to be fed by 100% natural gas liquids. It includes a $250-million revamp of its Corunna plant (to be completed in early 2014) which will employ 200 construction workers at its peak late next summer. In addition, Nova plans to build an 8km pipeline to carry Marcellus shale natural gas liquids to the Corunna plant, from an existing St. Clair River crossing. Hagan says construction of the pipeline is scheduled to begin in March and be completed by June, with natural gas liquids coming on line at the beginning of the third quarter of 2013.

    The Nova 2020 program also proposes building a new polyethylene plant in the region, tied to an expansion at the Corunna site, and increased production at its Moore polyethylene site.

    “These are very ambitious projects that would have a huge impact on employment,” said Mayor Bradley.

    Do you know if access to affordable and clean energy has had any impact where you live and work? Let us know in the comments below.

  2. Categories: Environment
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    The Journey of Natural Gas

    Many of us don’t know (or, perhaps we haven’t had time to think about) where our natural gas comes from or how it comes to benefit our everyday lives. And yet, it’s right there when we need it – warming our homes and businesses, heating our water, generating electricity and powering our industries.

    So, exactly how does that work? Well, here’s The Journey of Natural Gas 101 – from the gas field to the burner on your stove or furnace, in about a 100 words.

    It all begins right here at home in North America, as almost all of our natural gas comes from Western Canada and the U.S. courtesy of a vast pipeline system.

    The journey continues as the natural gas is transported to storage and distribution facilities in Ontario through various pipelines. Large amounts of this natural gas are stored in naturally occurring underground reservoirs when demand is low, to make sure it’s there when we need it most (like winter).

    The third, and last leg of the trip, is the delivery of natural gas to your home or business through a safe and reliable distribution system.

    Check out this video that sums up this journey from the source to your home or business, and explains the costs you’d find on your gas bill.

    Let us know if you have any comments or questions about how natural gas gets to your home or business in the comments below.

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    The Little Things You Can Do to Save During the Holidays

    It’s that time of year, again. Let’s all make smarter choices and give our planet a gift everyone can appreciate.

    These festive tips will also help save you money (when you probably need it most).

    Keep the holiday well-read and green

    • Inside or out, LED lights are the only choice; saving 90% of the energy traditional lights used.
    • Set lights on a timer – on at 7; off at midnight.
    • Don’t pre-heat ovens for cooking something that will take hours (eg. turkey).
    • Turn off electric ovens a few minutes before. Residual heat will finish the job.
    • Use the window and a cooking timer instead of opening your oven door – you let 20% of the oven’s heat escape each time (plus, it takes longer).
    • Cook several items in the your oven simultaneously. Use the space!
    • Don’t forget other appliances: microwaves, toaster ovens and slow cookers.
    • Wash only full loads of dishes; any less is a waste of water and power.
    • Most of all, give energy-efficient gifts to friends and loved ones.