Alberta and Saskatchewan have secured a Canadian court victory, to turn back environmental challenges and support the petrochemicals sector, which is a top natural gas customer.

Federal Court Justice Angela Furlanetto revoked as “unreasonable and unconstitutional” an April 2021 Canadian cabinet regulation that rated all petrochemical items as “toxic” and launched restrictions on popular product lines.

The regulations, set to take effect on Dec. 20, would ban single-use plastic drinking straws, eating cutlery, food packaging, grocery checkout bags and stir sticks. Petrochemical plants draw heavily on natural gas liquids byproducts, such as ethane and propane, to make the items.

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