Oilsands Possible Cause of Deformed Fish
More deformed fish are showing up downstream from the oilsands of northern Alberta. Natives have sent some of the caught fish from Lake Athabasca away for testing, calling for more protection of the region's water.
However, Chief Allan Adam is worried that the changes to the Federal Fisheries Act will favor industrial development over protection of fish. He caught a pike fish Wednesday in the area, with red lesions running down its back and belly. A sucker fish was also found floating near the surface, missing the majority of its scales.
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In 2010, deformed fish caught in the lake drew a lot of attention, including Director James Cameron, rallying critics of oilsands around the world and calling for further study of water quality. Since then, Alberta has increased its pollution monitoring in the oilsands region to appease the public.
It hasn't been determined yet if the oilsands are the cause of the abnormalities in fish. A Canadian Co-operative Wildlife Health Centre in Calgary will be conducting the analysis.
Under the current rulings, if companies disrupt marine life due to nearby mining or drilling, a new habitat must be provided for the fish.
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.