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SaskPower says carbon capture and storage is working, despite critics

REGINA – Saskatchewan’s power utility says its flagship, $1.4-billion carbon capture and storage project is proving the controversial technology works.

But critics of the Boundary Dam project argue that it doesn’t effectively address environmental concerns because it justifies the burning of fossil fuels.

The retrofitted coal-fired power plant near Estevan garnered international attention when SaskPower launched it last fall.

It is touted as the world’s first commercial-scale operation of its kind.

The aim is to capture one million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually to be pumped underground – 90 per cent of the emissions the plant produces.

But a report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives earlier this week says the financial costs of the project are high and the environmental rewards remain unproven.

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