The Independent of Petrolia and Central Lambton is being honoured for its work by its provincial professional association.
The Independent has been nominated for two awards by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association.
The newspaper is up for the Best News or Feature Series for a newspaper with a circulation of under 9,999 for its series of articles on waste from the infamous Love Canal coming to the Clean Harbors hazardous waste site on Petrolia Line. The Independent was the first to report the waste would be making its way from New York State. The public outcry from both citizens and politicians lead the company to turn away the waste. The Barry’s Bay Valley Gazette and the Haliburton County Echo were also nominated in this cateor.
The Independent is also nominated in the Special Section category for it’s product Then and Now, Celebrating 150 Years in Oil Springs. The section featured historic photos of the birthplace of the North American oil industry along side some of the sites today. The Independent is up against The Alymer Express and the Eganville Leader in this category.
The OCNA will reveal the winners April 22 during its annual convention.