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Shell Canada is getting the go-ahead to build a big carbon capture and storage project north of Edmonton. But there are a few strings attached.
Shell's Quest project is supposed to take greenhouse gas emissions from the Scotford upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan and bury them more than two kilometres underground. CCS is a new technology, and this is one of the first proposals in the province.
The Energy Resources Conservation Board is giving it approval with 23 conditions, mostly related to data collection, analysis, and reporting.
"We want to make sure the project is done safely and in accordance with all our regulations," says Cara Tobin with the ERCB. "It's not the final step, not yet. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development does need to add their comments, and we'll add any conditions they impose."
Nearly $750 million in provincial money has been set aside to fund the project. (bd)