Potential Bio-Fuel Plant In Southwestern Ontario Explored

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Potential Bio-Fuel Plant In Southwestern Ontario Explored

McGuinty Government Invests in Region's Bioeconomy
TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ -
NEWS
Ontario is helping the bio-fuel industry explore new opportunities that could strengthen the bio-economy in southwestern Ontario.
The province is investing $50,000 to evaluate the feasibility of constructing and operating a unique multi-oilseed plant. Local farms could potentially provide the material a new facility would require to produce bio-fuel.
The funding will help AGRIS Co-operative and Suncor Energy study alternative fuel sources in southwestern Ontario.
The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program (http://www.omaf.gov.on.ca/english/rural/red/index.html) which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:
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- Improved access to health care services
- Revitalized communities and downtowns
- Enhanced skills training.
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QUOTES
"Using innovative alternative fuel sources, we have the opportunity to build stronger, healthier and cleaner communities," said Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Pat Hoy (http://www.pathoy.onmpp.ca/biography.htm). "This feasibility study will open up the potential of bio-fuel development in Ontario and create new jobs for our communities."
"We are grateful to the McGuinty government for recognizing the innovative nature of this project," said AGRIS Co-operative (http://www.agris.coop/) President Richard Tanner. "This project has the potential to create synergy between our organization and Suncor Energy (http://www.suncor.com/start.aspx) to provide economic benefits to farmers and their communities."
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QUICK FACTS
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested $63 million in 192 projects through
the Rural Economic Development Program.
LEARN MORE
Learn more about Green Energy Farming Opportunities
(http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/06-055.htm).
Discover more about the Rural Economic Development Program
(http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/rural/red/index.html).
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For further information: Sherry Persaud, Minister's Office, (416) 326-6439; Brent Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 326-9342