An oilsands developer requested to scope a potential increase in their facility sulphur dioxide (SO2) emission limit to allow for operational flexibility. To support this regulatory amendment request, Matrix Solutions Inc. conducted refined air dispersion modelling at the higher sulphur dioxide rate to predict air quality impacts of the change. The initial ground level sulphur dioxide concentration predictions were higher than expected under certain wind conditions. Matrix determined the problem was with the building shape and orientation of the steam generator stacks causing building downwash. Matrix worked with the client to redesign the building and orientation of emission sources to drastically reduce the predicted air quality impacts of the proposed change to sulphur dioxide emissions.
Spill Response and Remediation Program Management
Murphy Oil Corporation discovered a condensate release from one of its pipelines at three separate surface locations in April 2015. Our client needed to delineate and contain the spill. Monitoring of wildlife, surface water, groundwater, and atmosphere quality was required to assess for impacts from the release. Once containment was put in place, Murphy needed to remediate and manage risks associated with the spill.
Gas-Fired Power Plant Approval
Signalta Resources required approvals from both Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and the Alberta Utilities Commission in order to construct a new natural gas-fired power co-generation facility providing electricity, heat and carbon dioxide (CO2) to a neighbouring greenhouse east of Coaldale, Alberta.
Signalta Resources Power Plant Approval
Signalta Resources wanted to build a new natural gas-fired power generation facility east of Red Deer. A power generation facility of this type requires approvals from both Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)
Natural Gas Pipeline Release
One of our pipeline clients discovered a pin hole in one of their pipelines that was leaking natural gas and liquids into the soil. Our client needed to understand the extent of the contamination, and most importantly, prevent the contamination from spreading to domestic water wells and the nearby river.
We routinely lead characterization of stream morphology to:
- Assess fluvial erosion hazards
- Develop alternatives for erosion control in environmental assessments
- Develop management strategies as part of land use planning (subwatershed, secondary, tertiary plans and site plans)
- Assist in culvert/bridge design
- Define erosion thresholds to inform stormwater management