Society of Energy Professionals

Society of Energy Professionals

June 15, 2005 05:27 ET

Hydro One strike to be taken to Lake Erie stakeholders

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 15, 2005) - Professional employees on strike at Hydro One will set up information pickets this morning at the premises of an important supplier and a very important customer of the transmission utility.

"Ontario industrial consumers like Imperial Oil depend on a secure, reliable supply of electricity," said Keith Rattai, Local Vice President of the Society of Energy Professionals. "We will be exercising our right and our duty to inform these important stakeholders of the threat to the electricity system posed by Hydro One management's unwillingness to bargain with the professional employees who keep it safe."

The strikers say that if another outage occurs like the one of May 27th (sometimes erroneously referred to as a "blip"), industrial customers like Imperial Oil risks millions of dollars in lost production.

WHERE: Nanticoke Generating Station and Imperial Oil's Nanticoke Refinery, both on the shore of Lake Erie in the Town of Haldimand, at the foot of Hwy 55

WHEN: June 15, 2005; 5 a.m. to lunch

Ontario Power Generation's Nanticoke Station is an important, coal-fired supplier to Ontario's electricity system. Imperial Oil is an important employer in the Haldimand region.

The Society of Energy Professionals represents more than 6,000 professional employees in the electricity industry in Ontario, including engineers, scientists, supervisors, and others.

WE KEEP THE LIGHTS ON!

/For further information: for further information, please contact Brian Robinson at (416) 716-6438 or Michelle Duncan at (416) 427-3525/ IN: ENERGY, LABOUR, TELECOMM

Contact Information

  • Brian Robinson, Communications Officer, Society of Energy Professionals
    Primary Phone: 416-716-6438
    E-mail: brian@society.on.ca