Learn more about Alton Natural Gas Storage
Posted on November 24, 2017
The Alton Natural Gas Storage Project will help reduce Nova Scotia’s greenhouse gas emissions, deliver energy savings and provide more energy choice for consumers.
Here are facts about Alton and natural gas in Nova Scotia.
Alton and the environment
- Typically natural gas users in Nova Scotia convert from much more carbon intensive fuels such as heavy and light fuel oils. Because natural gas emits 30 per cent less carbon dioxide than fuel oil and 50 per cent less than coal, it plays an important role helping Nova Scotia meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets and improving air quality
- There was a Mi’kmaw-led independent science review of the Alton project in 2015. The company that conducted the review was retained by the Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMKNO) on behalf of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs in the negotiations and consultations among the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada about Alton. Alton accepted all of the recommendations from the review. Find out more in Indigenous Relations, including information on the two Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Studies conducted for Alton
- Two environmental assessments were completed for Alton. Nearly a decade of long-term river monitoring on the Shubenacadie River estuary by researchers at Dalhousie University is the most comprehensive study of the river ever conducted. Learn more in the new presentation on the project’s research and environmental protections. Find out how the brine created by underground storage cavern development will be safely released in the brine section.
Alton economic benefits
- To date, approximately $69 million has been invested to develop Alton and in all, the project is an investment of more than $130 million in rural Nova Scotia
- More than 70 Nova Scotia companies have provided goods, services and labour to Alton since 2014
- By converting to natural gas, customers in Nova Scotia have collectively saved hundreds of millions of dollars on their energy bills, with further expected savings once Alton is in operation.
Alton, natural gas and energy choice
- Natural gas is used today by a wide range of customers in Nova Scotia including: homes; many of Nova Scotia’s largest industries and employers; commercial and manufacturing businesses; the majority of the province’s universities; and, institutions like hospitals
- Natural gas storage at Alton is for the thousands of natural gas customers in Nova Scotia.
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