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View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Thanks, Mr. Chair.
Thanks to the witnesses for joining us here today.
Ms. Strom, the participation of communities in environmental efforts has not been consistent throughout the last two decades. Perhaps you could talk to us a bit about the Cumulative Environmental Monitoring Association that was set up to do that. What happened to that particular organization?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Well, obviously people must be very concerned about penalizing environmental impacts, because that's one thing that does happen with any modern-day industrial work that goes on. Why would these groups have pulled out? Is it because they didn't feel that they had enough control over the direction this was taking?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Okay, but it does point out that when you're engaging with groups outside of government, where there are regulations in place and where you're attempting to provide a cooperative basis, there is a great need for understanding between the groups. Is that not correct?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Ms. Grondin, the dust on the access road had been identified as an issue. Has that issue with the community been resolved?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Both with Baker Lake and, I'm sure, with your mine, there's a high cost of energy. What is your company's commitment to looking at sources of renewable energy?
We've been very successful in the Northwest Territories with Ekati mine installing wind turbines. Have you done any work in this direction yet at your mine site?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Ms. Grondin, I just wanted to touch back on that energy issue, because in the Northwest Territories we built our communities around mines and we built hydroelectric facilities to service those mines. Out of that, we got an electrical system that is almost 100% renewable in the southern part of our territory, and that was really good.
When you talk about wind power, have you worked with the community of Baker Lake? That is the resource that they have in that area. Consider working with Baker Lake, with the federal government perhaps even as a partner because the federal government puts a lot of money into Nunavut, to start looking at the construction of these facilities that could be used in perpetuity as well by the community of Baker Lake.
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Thank you very much. I just have very limited time and I wanted to ask Ms. Strom a question as well.
In the process that you're using now for upgrading, you're coking the materials. Is that correct?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
The waste product from the coke-fired boilers is petro-coke. Are you using that for cogenerating electricity now in your facility?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
You're using one of the dirtiest products for cogeneration. This petro-coke really has the highest CO2 emissions level of any product that you could probably burn in this world to make electricity. Is there any sense that perhaps you should look at moving back to upgrading processes where you're adding hydrogen rather than taking it away, where you're not creating a product that has these very deleterious environmental concerns?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
How much time do I have left?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Well, in the upgrading process, it's certainly one process where CO2 emissions are very high. What's Suncor's plan for upgrading in the future?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Thanks, Mr. Chair.
It's a very interesting discussion today.
Mr. Fortune, a number of changes have been made to the environmental assessment process in Parliament over the last four or five years. Did Ducks Unlimited present on that?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
We're talking about wetlands. The poster child for the anti-environmental assessment process was the drainage ditch that farmers would install in their fields. That was brought up many times in Parliament as being something that shouldn't be part of an environmental assessment. We're losing wetlands. What's the feeling of Ducks Unlimited on drainage ditches being taken out of the environmental assessment or any consideration of the impact of installing drainage ditches throughout wetland areas?
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