Environmentalists Call For Review Of Pathways Carbon Capture Project

Environmentalists Call For Review Of Pathways Carbon Capture Project - Carbon Herald
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Indigenous people and environmental organizations in Alberta are urging regulators to thoroughly examine a major carbon capture project proposed by Canada’s Pathways Alliance, a group representing the country’s biggest oil sands producers.

These groups submitted a request to the Alberta Energy Regulator on Monday, asking for a comprehensive environmental assessment of the Pathways Alliance’s $16.5 billion carbon capture network.

The Pathways Alliance represents Canada’s six biggest oil sands producers and was formed some three years ago with the aim of tackling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their oil sands operations. 

Since its formation, the Pathways Alliance has been pushing hard for both the federal and Alberta governments to financially back and develop policies that will make carbon capture and storage a practical solution. 

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The alliance officially announced the major CCS project and requested formal approval for it earlier this year.

The project aims to capture carbon dioxide emissions from over 20 oil sands facilities in northern Alberta. 

The captured emissions would then travel through a 400-kilometer pipeline to an underground storage site near Cold Lake, Alberta.

Ecojustice, a legal organization representing the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the Alberta Wilderness Association, No to CO2 Landowner’s Group, Environmental Defence, and the Climate Action Network, filed the request.

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Ecojustice argues that the project’s scale necessitates a single, comprehensive environmental assessment, rather than a piecemeal one. 

The groups have various concerns about the project, including its impact on water use, potential pollution, and overall safety.

Additional strain is put on the Pathways project due to the recently canceled $2.4 billion CCS project in Alberta, which was deemed too expensive by operator Capital Power, and has since reignited doubt about the economic viability of carbon capture. 

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