8.0 Stakeholder Consultation and Engagement Strategy

Carbon Capture and Storage is an emerging technology and, as such, its characteristics, benefits and impact are not widely known. It was concluded that the implementation of CCS in Alberta would lead to questions and concerns from the public, First Nations, neighbouring communities, as well as many other stakeholder groups.

It is widely recognized that a comprehensive and sincere consultation and engagement process is required for success for any development project and particularly when novel technology is involved. The Pioneer consultation and engagement process was critically important. It often was the mechanism through which stakeholders first heard and learned about CCS. It was also an important building block toward achieving success and obtaining the 'social licence' to proceed with the Project.

Extensive efforts were made to involve all stakeholders. Figure 7 provides a recap of the consultation activities.

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