Wed, Sep 23, 2009: Carbon Capture & Storage: False Hope or Climate Change Salvation

Speakers: Emily Rochon of Greenpeace International, Matt Bramley of Pembina Institute, and Prof. Danny Harvey, Geography Department, U of T

When: Wednesday, September 23, 7:00-10:00 pm
Where: J.J.R. McLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, Room 2158, 1 Kings College Circle

The speakers will summarize findings from the carbon capture and storage (CCS) conference earlier in the day. CCS is touted as one of the great technological solutions to the climate crisis and is already being implemented at the Alberta tar sands as part of the fossil fuel companies’ strategy for “sustainable management.”

The implications of a new ground and important study, issued through the Environmental Protection Action will be summarized at this lecture, the conclusion is that CCS can result in CO2 leakage and contamination to groundwater aquifers with “arsenic, lead and organic compounds” as well as salinazation “causing degradation of water quality.”

The study is titled “Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration (GS) Wells.” This lecture and panel discussion should be of interest to everyone who is concerned with climate change and water issues.

The event is organized as part of the Earthcycle Environment Week at the University of Toronto. See the full program of on the Earthcycle Environment Week at www. earthcycle.ca