Carbon capture and storage ("CCS") is a process that
captures carbon dioxide ("CO2") emissions from large
industrial emitters and stores them in geological formations
kilometres below the earth's surface. A principal objective of
CCS is to reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.
In the brief period of time following the resignation of Ed
Stelmach and the swearing-in of Alison Redford as Premier on
October 7, 2011, the significance of CCS as an Alberta government
climate change strategy appears to have changed.
In Alberta's 2008 Climate Change Strategy, released under
Stelmach, the Province emphasised that CCS would be the primary
mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Strategy, set out that 70% of Alberta's potential
reductions would arise from CCS.
While Stelmach was in office, numerous CCS initiatives were
undertaken, including the following:
the establishment, in March 2007, of the joint
Federal-Provincial ecoEnergy Carbon Capture and Storage Task
the Province announced that it would invest $2 billion to fund
CCS projects and it established the Carbon Capture and Storage
Development Council, and enacted the Carbon Capture and Storage
Funding Act ("CCSFA" ) to facilitate this
the enactment of comprehensive CCS legislation, The Carbon
Capture and Storage Statutes Amendment Act, in 2010;
the establishment of a six-member expert panel having the
mandate to examine in detail the regulatory framework for CCS in
Alberta in March 2011; and
the issuance of the Carbon Sequestration Tenure Regulation on
April 28, 2011, which addresses permits and injection depths, among
Following the swearing-in of the new Premier, the landscape for
CCS in Alberta appears to have changed.
In a meeting with the editorial board of the Calgary Herald in
November 2011, Premier Redford stated that while the government
will keep spending on work already in progress (i.e. $1.6 billion
for the three projects already under contract), there are
"better initiatives and opportunities" for the rest of
the money and that further spending will diversify "away from
carbon capture and storage toward other things." Based on this
meeting, the Herald reported that CCS was no longer in the
However, shortly thereafter, on November 20, 2011, the Herald
reported that officials in the departments of energy and
environment stated that the Redford government is not reversing
direction and that the Province remains fully committed to CCS.
Based on these reports, while it may not be "reversing
direction", it appears that the Redford government's
enthusiasm for CCS has at least waned, relative to that of its
predecessor. What remains unclear is the degree to which the
Redford government intends to rely on CCS as its climate change
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