A region west of Edmonton has been chosen as the location of an industry-led pilot project that will see tonnes of carbon produced by Alberta’s massive oil and gas industry pumped into saltwater reservoirs deep below the ground. The Alberta Saline Aquifer Project is moving ahead with the second phase of the up to $50-million test after selecting three potential reserves in the Wabamun area. The first phase, which cost $1 million, focused on finding specific locations where carbon storage was feasible, doing safety studies and determining the regulatory work necessary to go ahead. The second phase involves actually injecting the carbon dioxide into the aquifers after all the regulatory approvals are obtained. Daniel said they’re hoping to go ahead with this by 2015.