I am writing to correct information in a story entitled “Activists pleased with response to ‘Unsettling Canada’ protest on Causeway” which appeared in the July 12 edition of The Reporter.
The plan at the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project is to store natural gas for customers in Nova Scotia. Natural gas storage helps to even-out pricing year-round.
At Alton, two storage caverns will be hollowed out deep underground in a salt deposit near Stewiacke, Nova Scotia by using tidal water from the nearby Shubenacadie River estuary. This process creates brine, a mixture of tidal water from the estuary and the dissolved salt.
The story said the brine will be released into the Stewiacke River. That is not correct. The brine will be released gradually back into the Shubenacadie River estuary with the tide over a two to three year period, to mirror the natural salinity found there.
Alton will provide millions in savings to natural gas customers in Nova Scotia. The project will invest more than $130 million in rural Nova Scotia. Since 2014, more than 70 Nova Scotia companies have provided goods, services and labour to Alton.
Alton’s approvals are the outcome of an environmental assessment of the project, nearly 10 years of scientific monitoring of the tidal Shubenacadie River estuary, as well as an independent third party science review led by the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia that concluded that the project is unlikely to cause any significant adverse environmental effects.
There is lots of information on the Alton web site about the project plan at: www.altonnaturalgasstorage.ca.
Senior Public Relations Advisor
Alton Natural Gas Storage Project