Carbon capture sham embarrassing Sask. worldwide

A United States senator who previously supported the Sask. Party’s $1.5 billion carbon capture project is now denouncing the Sask. Party's rhetoric on the project as hyperbole and spin – international fallout the NDP’s SaskPower critic said is likely to spread.

United States Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia wrote to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the agency’s use of much-touted, but now known to be untrue, Sask. Party bluster.

“Many of the glowing performance results cited by the EPA in the final rule have been found to be nothing more than marketing spin and hyperbole, with the true results reflecting a very troubled project, particularly in the CCS technology area,” wrote Manchin.

Meanwhile, the Sask. Party government's chief carbon capture promoter is overseas, still delivering a presentation that specifically claims Boundary Dam 3 is “capturing 1 million tonnes of CO2 a year.” In reality, the sputtering and problem-plagued plant has struggled to operate at 40 per cent capacity.

“The Sask. Party’s dishonesty is a major concern,” said Sproule. “We don’t own the carbon capture technology so we were never able to profit from selling that. What Mr. Wall was really promoting was a relationship with other governments and corporations.

“Now, those governments and corporations need only go to Google to find out Mr. Wall has been trying to sell them snakeoil. That's embarrassing, and I’m very concerned about how much it’ll take to repair the trust that Mr. Wall has broken.” 

Wall has met with Manchin specifically about carbon capture. “Thanks to Senator Joe Manchin III for his leadership on CCS & clean coal. Told him about our clean coal technology at Boundary Dam,” Wall posted to social media on March 6, 2014.

In November, taxpayers sent Saskatchewan’s­­ head of carbon capture to Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. “Boundary Dam: world’s first commercial CCS project captured 1 mill tonnes of CO2 within the first year of operation. It’s possible!” live-tweeted an international organization while listening to Saskatchewan’s presentation in London.