Feedback Sought on Carbon Capture and Storage

The Ministry of Natural Gas Development is working to develop a regulatory policy framework for Carbon Capture Storage (CCS). CCS is a greenhouse gas emissions mitigation method that involves the capture, transportation and storage of industrial sourced carbon dioxide in the pore space of rock formations deep underground. A discussion paper on the proposed framework has been developed and the Ministry is seeking comment.

The Province, through the Oil and Gas Commission, has a regulatory regime in place for the oil and gas sector related to underground natural gas storage and acid gas disposal – similar to what is being proposed for CCS. However, since existing regulations were not developed with large scale CCS in mind, the Province is initiating a public consultation on the proposed regulatory framework to identify any gaps. The Ministry is proposing to deliver a regulatory model that will address key issues such as site selection, monitoring and long-term liability.

UBCM's Community Economic Development Committee reviewed the discussion paper at their April 3rd committee meeting. Committee members recognized that segments of the UBCM membership would be very interested in learning more about the science and environmental impacts associated with CCS specifically in those regions where resource development is, and will be, occurring. The Committee encourages those local governments potentially impacted by CCS to read the discussion paper and respond with their specific concerns and questions. UBCM will be writing a letter to Minister Rich Coleman requesting the Province to provide communities with information and educational materials about the science behind, and environmental impacts associated with, CCS.

Comments on the discussion paper can be provided via email or by fax to 250-953-3770 by May 2, 2014. Questions on the discussion paper may be directed to Michelle Schwabe, Director, Regulatory Policy Development, Ministry of Natural Gas Development at 250-387-1585.

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