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The Government of B.C. and Pacifica Papers have agreed to dismantle a dam on the Theodosia River near Powell River, B.C. in an effort to restore salmon runs. The earth/concrete capped dam was built ...

June 1, 2000   Canadian Consulting Engineer

The Government of B.C. and Pacifica Papers have agreed to dismantle a dam on the Theodosia River near Powell River, B.C. in an effort to restore salmon runs. The earth/concrete capped dam was built in 1956 and diverted 80% of the natural flow to provide power for the pulp mill. It is said to be the first major dam decommissioned to restore fish habitats, and is one of 400 dams in B.C. that have outlived their usefulness.

Capturing greenhouse gases and injecting them underground for long-term storage is being explored by petroleum companies as a way of counteracting global warming. CO2 injection has long been used by the oil industry for enhancing recovery. Now Suncor Energy of Canada and six other international companies are conducting a $3 million research project to study how injection can effectively be used to capture CO2 from power generation and industrial sources. A similar exercise is being done in Saskatchewan where the Petroleum Technology Research Centre is doing detailed monitoring of CO2 injection in the Weyburn oil field.

“The report of my death was an exaggeration,” said John Gartner, P.Eng. with good humour, echoing Mark Twain’s famous words. The names of Gartner, founder of Gartner Lee in Markham, Ontario, and Stanley H. Cooper, P.Eng, president of Cooper Karwowski Consultings of Toronto, were both inadvertently published in a “Memorium” column in an Ontario engineering newspaper late last year. Gartner says concerned people from the industry continued to call his office for many weeks to see what had happened to him.


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