Energy company to use former Lacombe sewage lagoons to store water for fracking, Vesta Energy Ltd. will pay Lacombe more than $100,000 a year in 20-year deal by Red Deer Advocate Staff, Jan. 18, 2021, Ponoka News
A Calgary energy company will pay City of Lacombe more than $100,000 a year to use former sewage lagoons to store water for fracking.
Vesta Energy Ltd. and Lacombe have signed a 20-year agreement to allow the company, once regulatory approvals have been lined up, to store water in three lagoons that are no longer needed by the city.
“This is a win-win for the city and Vesta Energy, a local business,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “The re-purposing of this under-utilized property aligns perfectly with council’s goal of increasing business tax revenue – easing the burden on residential taxpayers.
“Additionally, a local business can expand operations in our region, creating local jobs in our community.”
Vesta president and CEO Ryan Crawford said the deal provides a “reliable water storage system close to our operating area, and we believe the economic return to the city provides a strong example of Vesta’s commitment to the communities that we live and work in.”
Vesta will pay at least $100,000 a year on top of property taxes for use of the lagoons starting in 2023. Until they refuse to pay, as commonly now happens in the industry in Alberta. Why do Albertans never learn?
“Council has given administration clear direction to ensure that municipal properties are being utilized to the fullest extent,” said Lacombe operations and planning director Jordan Thompson.
“This is a mutually beneficial agreement that takes an otherwise unusable portion of land and turns it into a tax-generating, business-producing property.”
After getting regulatory approval for the water storage, Vesta expects to begin operations in the third quarter of 2022.
A decade of science on frac harms – Compendium 7 released: “The data continue to reveal a plethora of recurring problems that cannot be sufficiently averted through regulatory frameworks” while regulators in Canada continue to DEregulate to enable the endless **known** harms. Canadian frac-harmed Vicky Simlik: “Because there is no such thing as a kind & gentle frac’ it needs to be banned period.”
AER enables Vesta’s rape of Red Deer River for frac’ing, allows withdrawal of “half a cubic metre of water per second” assaulting residents with 80 decibels “deafening noise” day & night, diesel & light pollution, forcing pilot to sleep in hotel instead of his own home. Appears Vesta is boiling the river for access; thanks to AER, when you catch fish in Alberta now, it’s pre-cooked.
Vesta Energy Ltd update on 4.6M fracquake near Red Deer March 4, 2019 that knocked out power to 4,600 Fortis Alberta customers, some reports of damage including to home driveway and underground electrical line.
Rimbey-area landowner, Stan Pederson, experienced damages to driveway and underground electrical line (requires $2,500.00 repair) at time of Vesta’s 4.6M frac quake; is worried area water wells might have been cracked by the quake felt 50 km away. What about cracks to energy well bores? How many are leaking hydrocarbons into groundwater and or to surface because of frac quakes?
4.6M earthquake, 1 km in depth, most powerful yet in central Alberta, hits SW of Red Deer, cracks walls in homes, knocks power out to thousands. Vesta Energy reports quake to AER, shuts down frac’ing. AER investigating. Geological Survey of Canada says looks like fra’cing didn’t do it.