Touted CCS Technology Not Working As Boasted About

SNC-Lavalin-built carbon capture facility has ‘serious design issues’: SaskPower
Despite conflicts, SaskPower gives SNC another multi-million dollar contract

Mind you, the fact there’s legal action in the cards hasn’t stopped SaskPower from awarding the firm a $4 million portion of the $45-million Island Falls Powerhouse Concrete Rehabilitation project.

Nor did a September 2014 SaskPower carbon capture briefing note, obtained by the NDP, which says SNC “is more concerned about getting paid for the 6.5 million than fixing the deficiencies of our plant.”

It goes on to note “very poor to no support from SNC Lavalin,” and “serious design deficiencies” in the project.

SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh says “because there’s a contract dispute (with SNC) on one job, doesn’t mean we don’t use them on another job.”

I happen to work at the same university, the one primarily responsible for research that made Boundary Dam CCS possible:

Associate professor of marketing at the University of Regina, Lisa Watson, says “of course people are going to be upset” over the issues at Boundary Dam.

The bigger question, she says, is whether they should be.

The consumer push for more environmentally sustainable options and clean energy is a “major change” for government, she says, and perhaps people shouldn’t be upset when projects involving groundbreaking technology don’t go as planned.

Carbon capture has “huge potential, and if it was working properly, we’d be shouting from the rooftops,” she says, and “to not do it at all, I don’t think that’s the right thing.”

Premier Brad Wall touts Sask. carbon sequestration project
Some premiers are sitting out today’s climate change summit in Quebec City, but Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is there, talking up the province’s efforts to capture and store carbon dioxide.
Wall told an audience that the world needs to follow Saskatchewan’s example if there are to be serious reductions in greenhouse emissions.

I tried to find Brad Wall on a rooftop shouting to people about it, instead there is video of him on Sun News TV boasting about it to Brian Lilley, and more than a smattering of articles on the Web boasting about it.
“YouTube’s great, you can learn anything on YouTube.” – Premier Wall

Wall at Boundary Dam CCS

Boyd admits issues surrounding the plant have “a bit of a negative connotation,” adding “I think any time there’s losses, any time there’s problems, there’s certainly a degree of loss of confidence.”
On the other hand, he thinks taxpayers “would rather have SaskPower delivering power to them,” rather than the private power companies that operate in other jurisdictions.

Wow, neat way for Boyd to suggest the alternative to fixing SaskPower is only to ditch the Crown Corp and go with a rob-you-blind private power corporation instead. (The Saskatchewan Green Party is proposing converting SaskPower into a Crown Co-op instead.)

An aware commenter notes:

Myek O’Shea:

Holy spinning neckties Batman! Our loss of confidence is with Bill Boyd and those politicians that chose carbon sequestration over renewable energies. The Sask Party keeps green washing this sequestration turd as if we asked for it in the first place. Want to restore our confidence? Lets go 40% wind and solar by 2020. But on the other hand, maybe tax payers should waste their money on subsidizing the petroleum oligarchy. Oh and ‘groundbreaking’ here is a pun, nothing more.

There’s also the huge matter of SNC-Lavalin’s criminal charges. The Federal government stopped dealing with HP after a bribery conviction for that company.

More from Global News Regina.
“SaskPower says the project is now on target to be fully operational by the end of 2016.”

“Out of the more than 250 companies year to date on the World Bank’s running list of firms blacklisted from bidding on its global projects under its fraud and corruption policy, 117 are from Canada — with SNC-Lavalin and its affiliates representing 115 of those entries, the World Bank said. “

Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

It was a real dog’s breakfast at this one, where everything from polls to strategic voting discussed frankly by 3 political experts from Regina. Actually it wasn’t a complete mess, it was a well organized event, but the dog’s breakfast thing will make sense if you watch it all.

What’s in Store for Canada

In 2011 Harper ‘won’ a majority government on the heels of lying to Parliament about the true cost of the #F35 boondoggle (which we still don’t have a plane from), and proceeded to lie to us about the cause of the election fraud seen across the country.

In 2015 Harper is possibly going to win government on the heels of saying we should prevent Muslim women from wearing a religious head and face scarf. What lies in store for us after he regains power? The Office of Religious Freedom he started will back up the freedom of Muslim women to dress how they please?

Maybe he’ll just inspire more of this crap?

I liked May’s answer to the “niqab” question during the French debate:
How many jobs have niqabs created What effect does the niqab have on our climate? It’s a distraction from real problems in Canada

Another Conservative “cover-up”

It’s bad enough that there’s no sight of Conservative candidates campaigning to public crowds in Regina, but Conservative-friendly orgs are also trying to cover-up their interview contents.

This particular Con candidate is running in Wascana, against Goodale, among others. I once saw a sandwich board say he was door-knocking in Parkridge, and another time his campaign flyer came to the door. That’s the extent of interaction I’ve had with this man who passionately wants to end a woman’s right to choose a pregnancy or not.

In contrast, I’ve sat next to Ralph Goodale last week at a candidate’s forum, and interviewed Frances Simonson of the Greens for my blog.

CBC Wrecks Another Debate #elxn42

I’ve long called for More Debates, Not Fewer Debaters, and CBC again disappoints.

My Feb. prediction, sadly is coming true.

The unethical fools at the Broadcast Consortium will probably gladly keep Elizabeth May away from the debates this year too.


Knox Met Candidates Forum in Regina, Sept. 29, 2015 #elxn42

Here’s a portion in High Definition:

And another segment (it’s also included in the long video at the top, so if you’ve seen that, there’s probably nothing new in this clip either.)

Knox Met Candidate's Forum

Knox Met Candidate's Forum

Knox Met Candidate's Forum

Knox Met Candidate's Forum

So you don’t have to imagine what it would have been like if a Conservative candidate had bothered to show up:

Glop And Pail Leaves Greens Out of Debate

The Globe and Mail, Google Canada, and Munk Debates all ought to be ashamed of their brands.

In both cases, the organizers say they chose to invite leaders whose parties have official status in the House of Commons, which requires at least 12 seats. The Green party, Bloc Quebecois and Forces et Democratie each have two seats.

So, rather than doing the common sense thing, and inviting all of the parties in the House to participate (more debate is good in a democracy), they do the convenient and wrong thing instead and exclude the Greens in a faux attempt to be “fair and balanced” since they’ve no desire to see F&D no the Bloc on TV at all. Clearly, they’ve no respect for Elizabeth May or the millions of Canadians who’ve considered voting Green.

The Globe has no intention of allowing a party outside of Ottawa/Toronto’s comfortable power structure. They’ll have a harder time grabbing sound bites to rebroadcast later if they have more participants. It’s scandalous that a major newspaper would harm their journalistic integrity so badly, that TVO trumps them when it comes to principles. Heck, CBC, CTV, and Global are more ethical than the Globe, and that’s surprising (since they at least are allowing the Greens equal air time).

Google shouldn’t be evil.

I barely know of the Munk Debates, but I know I’ll never promote or watch one of their broadcasts again if they continue down this anti-democratic path. It’s ironic they’ve “debates” in their organization’s name, since they do debates so pathetically.

Royal Sask Museum