The land around Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin (the Five Great Lakes) has endured pollution from oil extraction longer than any other place on earth.
The stories that make up Chemical Valley and Imperial Oil help us to understand the changes we need to make for our future.
This website shares ongoing research, archival documents, environmental data, and community knowledge about the relationship between the refinery and the land.
This project is ongoing, and we will continue to add stories.
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The Pollution Reporter App helps to:
· Connect polluters to pollution data to known health harms and symptoms as based on peer-reviewed medical research in Ontario's Chemical Valley.
· Make it easier to report spills, leaks, flares and other pollution events for Aamjiwnaang community members and people living in Chemical Valley. Reports go to the Ontario Ministry of Environment.
Download the Pollution Reporter App in the Apple Store and Google Play
Version 2.0 of the App covers all polluting facilities in Chemical Valley.
The Pollution Reporter App and The Land and Refinery Project were both launched on October 19th at the Chemical Valley Toxic Tour. Read about the projects in the Sarnia Observer and Toronto Star.
View our full News Feed that collects media coverage about Chemical Valley and Imperial Oil.
A government whistleblower claims the province’s environment ministry has for years failed to properly protect the Aamjiwnaang First Nation — whose ancestral land near Sarnia is surrounded by petroleum refineries and chemical plants — from potentially dangerous levels of sulphur dioxide air emissions due to “systemic discrimination” that includes yielding to “secretive” industry lobbying to relax compliance standards.