The Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) has released a report concluding that there is “no evidence” that the CO2 fizzing out of the ground on a farm outside Weyburn Saskatechewan originated from the nearby Weyburn-Midale carbon capture and storage project.
The original accusation came in a report (attached below) by Paul Lafleur of Petro-Find Geochem Ltd. Farmers Cameron and Jane Kerr had hired Lafleur after something started fizzing and banging out of their property - and after a string of small animals wound up unaccountably dead in the vicinity of these events. (The Kerr’s hired Lafleur after the provincial government did a drive-by analysis and lost interest.)
Kerr found CO2 soil levels that he reported to be extraordinarily high and he tested CO2 samples that had the same isotopic fingerprint as the CO2 that is being pumped into the ground in the Weyburn-Midale project. He concluded, flatly, that Weyburn had sprung a leak.
Having taken a week to review Lafleur’s report, the PTRC now says, just as flatly, “There is no evidence presented in this report that can support the far-reaching and definitive statements made about the source of CO2 on the Kerr property.”