19 Mar Local Calgary Firm Displays New Technology to Federal Environmental Minister at Major SAIT Media Event
Calgary-based Canadian Floating Fence (CFFC) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Neal believes that his multi-platform containment system can be a solution for the ongoing mercury contamination north of Kenora, Ontario as reported by CBC and other media outlets. He got the Federal Environmental Minister’s attention, The Honourable Catherine McKenna, as she attended a SAIT sponsored media event 9 March 2017 where CFFC was one of a very few invited firms. The “XBOOM” is an aquatic barrier system that captures contaminate particles at the molecular level while allowing water to pass. The XBOOM, showcased and tested by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and an ASTech award winner in the Environmental Category in 2014, has been successfully deployed to address a variety of pollutants including oil spills, algae, and even silt remediation. In the case of Grassy Narrows First Nation, a 40 year old problem, the technology can capture and absorb the methyl mercury molecule—the toxic compound affecting the local community and eco-system.
Used successfully with James Smith Cree Nation after the Husky Oil spill the XBOOM was instrumental in capturing hydrocarbon contaminants. “XBOOM is a sophisticated containment system that traps pollutants at the molecular level, and then allows other highly innovative products to absorb and dissolve a variety of environmental contaminants “explained Stephen Neal to the Minister. “We deployed the XBOOM effectively in concert with the leadership and people of James Smith Cree Nation. We also used it effectively in the City of Edmonton for algae control and the City of Calgary for river silt control; this is a highly disruptive technology for the energy-environmental sector that will eliminate the traditional decades-old use of oil booms, with a mere 3% effective threshold, to the new paradigm of 94-98% effectiveness. With our partners, our technology has been rigorously tested and we believe can trap and absorb the methyl mercury molecule. Furthermore, with the new onus on pipeline construction and pipeline leak detection, as recently reported by the Calgary Herald in an article on the Alberta Energy Regulator and its penalty system, we assess that even in a preventative mode, the XBOOM can be ground-based to serve as an additional protection measure for potentially affected communities and lands. Compared to the cost of reclamation work and fines, not to mention the incredible damage to the ecosystem, the selected use of our technology is hugely cost effective.”
XBOOM and its partners are presently ranked third amongst 3700 competitors worldwide for use in Nigeria’s Ogoniland territories, arguably the world’s largest land remediation effort totalling 5 million acres of oil contaminated lands and wetlands and expected to take 30 years to complete.