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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