Oil Spill Threatens Alberta's Water
Officials were alerted Thursday night that a pipeline ruptured in Alberta, Canada, threatening the water supply for over 100,000 residents living downstream on the Red Deer River.
As much as 3,000 barrels of oil have leaked from Jackson Creek, spreading downstream to Gleniffer Lake and reservoir. Thus far, the province reports no risk to human health as it continues to monitor air and water quality.
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Containment efforts have been deployed throughout the weekend. Plains Midstream is directing cleanup operations between the spill site and the Dickson dam. According to Stephen Bart, vice president of the crude oil operations for the company, its hard to tell how long those efforts will take.
"We deeply regret this incident," he said. "We're obviously working to ensure we're doing all we can to limit the extent of the release."
An emergency alert has been issued for Mountain View and Red Deer counties, advising that people stay away from waterways affected by the spill. Officials are confident that the spill will not affect other communities downstream, including Red Deer.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.