Response to Dwight Duncan, Ministry of Energy, Government of Ontario letter to Port Dover Maple Leaf August 8, 2007:
Port Dover Maple Leaf: Letter to the Editor - RW Goodlet - August 15, 2007
As the bulk of your letter to the editor is political, I feel a need to focus on your last two paragraphs only and not on the intent of your letter.
Having taken interest in energy issues in Haldimand/Norfolk over the last two years and more specifically carbon sequestration, I must weigh in. National Geographic in their March 2006 issue follows a successful project of carbon sequestration from a project in North Dakota where carbon is piped 200 miles North to a oil field in Saskatchewan there the carbon is sequestered into the oil production zone increasing production of oil to 10,000 barrels a day. Carbon sequestration is happening around the world. Key people in Norfolk are in communication with the Department of Energy in Washington DC where carbon sequestration is on the forefront in the battle of curbing global warming. For example we have been made aware via the DOE of two new carbon sequestration projects, one in Amsterdam (Nuon) and one for the City of Calgary (Enmax).
I've been involved in the natural gas industry for 35 years, 15 years on lake Erie in the exploration of natural gas, including seismic surveys. There is widespread knowledge, of geological conditions in the Lake Erie region which is one of the primary gas production areas of Ontario. The natural gas industry has documented the many geological fractures and faults criss-crossing the area. It is these very fractures and faults that trapped the original oil and gas in the limestone and shale which would allow the use of some of these rock reservoirs under the lake for carbon sequestration. A 2006 study from the University of Waterloo and Natural Resources Canada have looked specifically at Nanticoke, with the costing and laying of a 16" pipeline out into Lake Erie to sequester Nanticoke's carbon. The process is basically the opposite of what the natural gas industry has been doing in this area for over 100 years.
Minister Duncan states his government believes it "shouldn't have to compromise between clean power or reliable power." If he is referring to nuclear as clean, he is dead wrong! The nuclear industry leaves a huge carbon footprint from mining to enrichment leaving the planet with the most toxic poisons known to absorb. Carbon on the other hand is benign. If the Minister disagrees with me, then he should stop exhaling.
We should sequester our carbon, gasify our coal, capture all pollutants, market the captured pollutants back into industry and agriculture.
There is 70 years of uranium left, we have 400 years of cheap coal, allowing us time to get our energy act together. Clean, safe and reliable.
I urge Minister Duncan to research carbon sequestration. The University of Waterloo and Natural Resources study can be found online at this link... http://www.energyquest4nanticoke.ca/options.htm#CarbonSequestration
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