Ed Stelmach Graham Thomson Kevin Taft

capturing alberta’s hot air.

Graham Thomson had some pretty interesting columns this past Wednesday and Thursday as he interviewed Premier Ed Stelmach and Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft for the year-end editions of the Edmonton Journal.

Here is Ed Stelmach presenting his expert knowledge of climate change and his government’s strategy to capture it…

One Christmas present I’ll give politicians in their year-enders this week is a chance to make their argument without being edited down to a 10-word quote. Here, for example, is Stelmach on the issue of climate change and Alberta’s intent to store carbon dioxide emissions underground:

“There’s a fair amount of research now — there’s no sense capturing it in a way that it’s going to escape. So what is the appropriate geography, or geology, to capture it? So how deep do we have to go? Is it in shallow gas wells or deep gas? Deep oil? Will it make sense to capture that CO2, let’s say, in the Redwater field, or do we have to pipe it to Medicine Hat? These are all questions, research that’s being done today. Once those decisions are made, then the next step is to build infrastructure, because you have to pipe it to those locations. And the efficiency gains, for instance, in the Redwater fields, if you’re sequestering and pressurizing the existing oil and wells, you will then draw much more production out of those wells. So there’s rather than creating a new footprint someplace in the province of Alberta, drilling a new gas well, we would of course bring about much better efficiency. Because they say, about 60 per cent of the gas is still in the old wells.”

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