Kensington mayor blames province for loss of $150M plant, 30 jobs

By Laura Chapin
CBC News
January 23, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Rowan Caseley

The mayor of Kensington is frustrated that a $150-million renewable diesel plant proposed for the town’s industrial park will not happen, and he is blaming the provincial government. Rowan Caseley says SustainAgro Ltd. is now looking at building a plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., or Debert, N.S., instead. “What was wrong with the process here? They were able to accomplish more in three days in Ontario than they could here in a year,” Caseley said, citing “a major unexplained barrier” in the road to provincial approval. …SustainAgro’s chief government and global relations officer, Joachim Stroink, said they decided to abandon plans in Kensington after provincial officials told them last year that a moratorium on new biomass projects was about to be implemented. Stroink said SustainAgro was told about a month later that there would be no such moratorium, but he said it was too late by that time.

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