February 18, 2002

NEWS SUMMARY (February 18, 2002)

Mining firm will remediate, re-open abandoned Elsa site

WHITEHORSE, YUKON-Representatives of AMT Canada held a public open house early this month to outline the company's plans for cleanup and remediation of the Elsa mine site. The company acquired the abandoned property last October and plans to re-open the mine this summer. A highlight of the plan, presented by wetlands treatment specialist Dr Andre Sobolewski, will be the development of a system for passsive wetlands treatment of mine discharge water. AMT says it intends to adopt this technique as a permanent, environmentally responsible solution for the Elsa site. Once water and production licences have been obtained, AMT will carry out an environmental cleanup and remediation of existing tailings. It will also evaluate the economic potential for recovering silver and other base and precious metals from the tailings. The production schedule will include an assessment and cleanup of the existing mill site as well. The company is presently compiling an inventory of prospective workers, contractors and suppliers for the re-opening of the mine this summer. More information is available from AMT Canada president Phil Cash, 867/668-6463, E-mail mail@accessconsulting.ca.

DynaMotive prepares to enter greenhouse gas emissions trading market

VANCOUVER, BC-DynaMotive Energy Systems is preparing itself for active participation in the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading market, the company announced recently. It is working with EcoSecurities, a GHG advisory firm, to offer clients a series of services to quantify, manage, finance and arrange transactions involving the emission reductions associated with use of DynaMotive's pyrolysis process for deriving BioOil from renewable biomass waste. Company president and CEO Andrew Kingston reported that discussions are underway regarding GHG credits from two of DynaMotive's projects in development. A 200-tonne-per-day pyrolysis plant would produce the equivalent of 140,000 barrels of crude oil with an estimated market value of $2.7 million. Using the BioOil energy to displace natural gas in a given region would generate approximately 40,000 tons of CO2 equivalent in emission reductions, worth between $100,000 and $200,000 on the emissions trading market, says the company. The reduction credits would be considerably increased if BioOil displaced diesel, bunker oil or coal. Reductions in other pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides may have transaction value in some jurisdictions as well, adds DynaMotive.

Canadian Crude Separators acquires oilfield waste facility in BC

CALGARY, ALTA-Canadian Crude Separators (CCS) recently announced its acquisition of the Silverberry Environmental Treatment Facility, located about 45 kilometres north of Fort St John, BC. The facility provides treatment and disposal of contaminated solid oilfield waste, serving the northeastern region of British Columbia, where the demand for such services has increased in direct proportion to gas drilling activity. CCS says the acquisition is an integral part of its geographic expansion strategy. The company provides oilfield waste treatment, recovery and disposal at 23 Canadian facilities.

Bison plans $800m pipeline to transport Athabaska bitumen to Edmonton

CALGARY, ALTA-Bison Pipeline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BC Gas, recently announced plans to build an $800-million, 516-kilometre pipeline to transport bitumen from the Athabaska oil sands to the Edmonton area. The capital cost of the project, when fully developed, could reach $1 billion. A key feature of what the company terms an "industry solution pipeline" will be its ability to ship bitumen with minimal use of diluent. The project will use an insulated pipeliine to retain the temperatures of bitumen extracted using both surface mining and steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) methods. Bison is currently conducting joint engineering and technical studies with potential shippers including Petro-Canada and TrueNorth Energy, and has indicated its intention to file an application for approval with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board this summer. Past construction and operating experience with projects such as the TransMountain and Corridor pipeline systems has given Bison the expertise and resources to ensure an efficient, safe and environmentally sound pipeline, noted Rich Ballantyne, the company's executive vice-president.

Agreement signed for power from planned combined-cycle generating station

CALGARY/TORONTO-Brighton Beach Power and Coral Energy Canada recently signed an energy conversion agreement for the proposed Brighton Beach combined-cycle power station in Windsor, Ont. The agreement calls for Coral Energy to deliver natural gas to the plant and own, market and trade all the electricity produced. Brighton Beach Power, a partnership between Ontario Power Generation and Calgary-based Atco Power, is proposing to build the 580-megawatt, natural gas-fuelled combined-cycle power station on the site of the former JC Keith Generating Station in west Windsor. It will consist of two advanced gas turbines, coupled with electricity generators, a heat recovery system and a single steam turbine coupled with a third electricity generator. Waste heat from the gas turbines is captured in the heat recovery system and used to produce steam, which in turn runs a steam turbine connected to a generator. This high-efficiency, "combined-cycle" configuration is designed to meet or surpass environmental regulatory standards and requirements. The project is currently making its way through Ontario's environmental approvals process. Coral Energy Canada, an energy marketing and trading company with offices in Waterloo, Ont, Calgary and Halifax, is part of the Shell Trading network, which is affiliated with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.

Doer releases report on flood protection options meetings

WINNIPEG, MAN-Premier Gary Doer has released a report summarizing public input received during the Clean Environment Commission's (CEC) public meetings on flood protection options for Winnipeg. The options-an expanded Red River Floodway and a detention structure near Ste Agathe-were discussed in the Flood Protection Studies for Winnipeg report by the KGS Group, submitted to the governments of Canada, Manitoba and Winnipeg in November 2001 (ELW November 26, 2001). "The public gave a strong message of getting on with the job of protecting City of Winnipeg residents as well as all Manitobans living along the entire Red River Valley from flooding," states the CEC report. Doer said the report will be referred to an all-party committee being set up to advise the government. The Premier has asked the leaders of the two opposition parties to join the him on the committee, along with Deputy Premier Jean Friesen, Conservation Minister Oscar Lathlin, Transportation and Government Services Minister Steve Ashton and Selkirk MLA Greg Dewar, who will chair the committee. The committee's first meeting is tentatively set for the week of February 25. Copies of the report may be requested from Terry Duguid at the Clean Environment Commission, 204/945-7091.

Zenon recognized for environmental, business excellence

OAKVILLE, ONT-The Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs presented Zenon Environmental with its "Arthur Kroeger College Award for Management" earlier this month. In association with Carleton University, the awards acknowledge excellence in several areas, including product innovation, environmental contribution, customer service, organizational strategy and effective management of human resources. The award attaches significant importance to the "value added" component of an organization, going beyond its financial success, and demonstrating its contribution to making Canada a better place to live. This was the second business award within a week for the company. Zenon also received the "Manufacturer/Distributor Award of the Year" at the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence. More information is available from Andrew Benedek, chairman and CEO, 905/465-3030, or on the company's Web site, www.zenonenv.com.

Toronto fined $40K for discharge of untreated sewage

TORONTO. ONT-The City of Toronto was fined $40,000 last week in connection with a July 1999 discharge of 640,140 litres of untreated human sewage from its Mimico pumping station into Lake Ontario. The City pleaded guilty to one count under section 30 of the Ontario Water Resources Act, which prohibits the discharge of contaminants that may harm water quality. The offence occurred when the communication link between the automated pumping station and the Humber sewage treatment plant malfunctioned after a thunderstorm. After finding that the pump was still working, staff allowed the plant to continue functioning without supervision. The pump broke down shortly afterwards, resulting in untreated human sewage accumulating in the system and overflowing into Lake Ontario. The material also flooded a nearby daycare centre. The fine comes with a 20% victim fine surcharge.

Leading forester honoured with stewardship award

TORONTO, ONT-Wildlife Habitat Canada's Forest Stewardship Recognition Program (FSRP) recently honoured Ken Armson, one of Ontario's most influential professional foresters. The FSRP award was presented at the annual general meeting of the Ontario Forestry Association in Toronto in recognition of Armson's "lifetime achievements as a leader in promoting both conservation and ecologically sound forest management practices," noted Lynn McIntyre, FSRP manager, Wildlife Habitat Canada. More than 100 individuals and organizations have been honoured by the FSRP for their stewardship efforts since the award was established in 1998. The FSRP founding partners include Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Canadian Forest Service and the Forest Products Association of Canada. More information is available from Lynn McIntyre, Wildlife Habitat Canada, 613/722-2090 ext 234.

CEIA presents Globe mentoring session for environmental/clean energy exporters

OTTAWA, ONT-The Canadian Environmental Industry Association (CEIA) has organized a special Globe 2002 session for Canadian suppliers of environmental or clean energy technologies or services who are also new or first-time exporters. The one-day Mentoring Session for New Exporters is an integral part of the Globe Conference program and will be held Thursday, March 14, 2002 in the Vancouver Convention Centre. Participants will learn what funding programs are available and how to access these funds, and will hear about methods of successful finance bundling that have worked for seasoned Canadian exporters. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for networking with government officials and private sector professionals who can share valuable experiences and insights. Qualified participants who register with the CEIA before February 28 will receive a special discount rate of $695 plus taxes, which will give them access to the full Globe 2002 conference program and trade fair. To register, call Rebecca Last at 613/236-6222, ext 2, or E-mail CEIA at info@ceia-acie.ca. More information is available from the session co-ordinators, Harry Cleghorn, 613/530-3600, E-mail cleghorn@igs.net or John McMullen, 905/643-2093, E-mail: john.mcmullen@sympatico.ca. The Session is sponsored by Environment Canada, Export Development Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Industry Canada and Natural Resources Canada.

Draft EA guidelines issued for proposed alterations at solid radwaste facility

OTTAWA, ONT-The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has released for comment draft environmental assessment guidelines for proposed modifications to, and construction of, structures at the Solid Radioactive Waste Management Facility (SRWMF) in Point Lepreau, New Brunswick. New Brunswick Power is seeking approval of this project in order to manage radioactive wastes resulting from the utility's planned refurbishing of the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (NGS). All construction work would be carried out at the currently licensed waste management facility. This includes construction, modification and operation of physical works within the facility, as well as receipt, handling and transportation of wastes associated with the project itself and the refurbishing of the NGS. Copies of the draft guidelines are available from the CNSC Library, 280 Slater Street, 4th Floor, Ottawa K1P 5S9, 1-800-668-5284, FAX 613/995-5086, E-mail ceaainfo@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca; or from the Kennebecasis Public Library in Quispamsis, NB (506/849-5314). Written comments should be sent by March 8 to Larry Chamney, Head, Program Management and Review Section, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, PO Box 1046, Station B, Ottawa K1P 5S9, FAX 613/995-5086, E-mail ceaainfo@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca.

City of Moncton, officials charged over toxic landfill leachate discharge

MONCTON, NB-Environment Canada's Atlantic region office has charged the City of Moncton and its commissioner of public works, along with Gemtec, a consulting engineering firm, and one of its employees, in connection with toxic leachate allegedly being discharged from a decommissioned municipal landfill. The charges, under the federal Fisheries Act, allege that leachate samples from the city-owned site are acutely lethal to fish and that the leachate is entering Jonathan Creek, a tributary of the Petitcodiac River. The charges further allege that the landfill closure plan chosen by the city was not in compliance with the Fisheries Act. The parties charged will appear in provincial court in Moncton April 3. More information is available from David Agget of Environment Canada's Atlantic region office, 902/426-1925.

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