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Volume 21, Number 37, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Housing project wins challenge

Shell Scotford’s Quest carbon capture project reached a significant milestone this week. One million tonnes of carbon dioxide were stored at the site in this, its first year of operation.

The project captures carbon dioxide from the local oilsands upgrader and pipes it to wells that store it two kilometres underground.

The result is a 35 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions at the upgrader site.

Given that humans release 10 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, this won’t have much impact. Bill Nye says it will take 30,000 carbon capture plants to counteract carbon dioxide emissions over the next 40 years.

Unfortunately, carbon capture is also expensive. Quest cost $1.35 billion, and even though Shell officials say the next project will be 20 to 30 per cent less expensive, carbon capture projects are never going to be cheap.

But these are the same arguments used to avoid any effort to fight climate change. Alberta only contributes a fraction of the world’s total greenhouse gas. Even every Albertan stop burning carbon tomorrow, it wont stop global warming.

It is absolutely true that one person, or one province or even one country can’t do this alone. But everyone has to try. Because global warming is a fact. And unless we do our part, there is a good chance we will destroy the world before this century is out.

Quest is one site doing a bit to solve this global crisis. It is not the whole answer, but it is a part of the answer. And for that we should all celebrate.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Quest just one part of solution

A new low-cost apartment proposal for Fort Saskatchewan received a boost from the Capital Region Board this week.

Heartland Housing’s proposal for a project next to the new Turner Lodge was one of two winners of the board’s Our Affordable Future Challenge announced Thursday, Sept. 16.

The award includes a $5,000 “micro-grant,” plus staff support from the Capital Region Board to move the proposal forward.

That support will allow Heartland Housing to go beyond the conceptual phase and prepare a detailed proposal ready for whatever grant becomes available, says Heartland Housing’s Executive Director Lynn Olenek.

Possible grant sources include new federal money expected in the coming year.

Heartland’s current proposal calls for a four-storey building with 72-74 modular units made from repurposed sea-can containers. A hotel using the same technique is now being built in Bruderheim.

The concept, created by local architect Todd Voshell, is innovative and cost-effective, says Olenek. It’s also helpful to the environment by reusing materials.


Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016