Avoided diesel spills

Risk of accidental spills associated with the transport of fuel oil into remote communities is well documented.  Accidental spills of diesel fuel can generate significant environmental damage and can be costly to remediate and there is always a risk of significant spill occurring during transportation. The previous impact study completed by Lumos Energy indicated that one litre of fuel oil can contaminate one million litres of drinking water with clean-up costs ranging from $250,000 to $500,000, which was based on estimates provided by the Insurance Bureau of Canada.  AANDC’s long-term capital plan also suggests that accidental diesel spills is a relatively wide spread problem: “AANDC has identified and documented 2,495 potential contaminated sites on First Nation reserves. Approximately 60% of these sites are related to hydrocarbon contamination of soil caused by leakage of hydrocarbons from storage facilities (i.e., underground/above ground fuel storage tanks, fuel barrels and drums)".

Table - Diesel Spills Input Values

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Decreased emissions

Connecting Northwestern Ontario’s remote communities to the provincial electricity grid is expected to significantly decrease harmful emissions: carbon dioxide (“CO2”) and its equivalents, nitrous oxide (“NOx”), volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”), particulate matter (“PM”) and sulphur dioxide (“SO2”).  Diesel generation is one of the most emissions-intensive forms of power generation and is significantly more harmful to the environment than the Ontario power grid, which is primarily comprised of renewable energy sources, clean nuclear power, and gas which is the cleanest form of fossil fuel generation.  Moreover, harmful emissions are generated from the transport of diesel gas to these communities, which can be quite significant. The Wataynikaneyap Power Project is expected to decrease emissions by replacing diesel fuel with a more environmentally friendly source of energy and by removing the need to transport diesel gas to these communities.

Figure - Total Emissions Reductions of the Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project

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Download the PwC/HDR Socioeconomic Impact Study below:

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