Global Frac News

  • Nikiforuk: EUB: ‘Men Without Chests,’ ‘No Plan, No Policy, No Heart’ EUB: ‘Men Without Chests,’ ‘No Plan, No Policy, No Heart’ by Andrew Nikiforuk, September – October Issue Enviroline vol16, 2007 In one of his most famous essays, the Christian philosopher C.S. Lewis once described bureaucrats who banished all magnanimity and heart from their decisions as “men without chests.” The Alberta Energy and Utility Board’s recent decision to ...
  • Military guards environment from EnCana Military guards environment from EnCana by Rick Zemanek August 27, 2007, Red Deer Advocate Suffield commander Lt.-Col. Malcolm Bruce said he plans to pull out all the stops to bar EnCana. … EnCana is still confident it will begin drilling by the fall of 2008. Bruce, took over the posting from former commander Dan Drew. Drew was one ...
  • Methane dispute reignites in B.C. Methane dispute reignites in B.C. by Wendy Stueck, August 22, 2007, Globe and Mail Report on Business Opponents says coal bed methane projects could pollute surface and ground water, threaten fish and wildlife habitat, and disrupt a remote wilderness landscape. Coal bed methane is natural gas found in coal seams. B.C. currently does not have any coal bed ...
  • Fire at gas well near Gleichen injures worker Fire at gas well near Gleichen injures worker by Jason van Rassel, July 30, 2007, Calgary Herald STARS air ambulance flew a man to hospital in Calgary with critical injuries suffered in a fire at a gas well. … “There were reports of a gas leak followed by a fire,” Energy and Utilities Board spokesman Davis Sheremata said.
  • Activist ‘banished’ by the EUB Activist ‘banished’ by the EUB, A consultant’s run-in with the Alberta agency over an e-mail provides some lessons in why landowners’ suspicions are as deep as oil wells by the Edmonton Journal, July 29, 2007. Jessica Ernst isn’t sure why she was banished by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, but she’s still seething. The 50-year-old environmental consultant, named ...
  • Scientists granted research window for Flathead Coalbed Methane mining Scientists granted research window for Flathead Coalbed Methane mining by Michael Jamison, July 5, 2007, The Missoulian Energy development is temporarily on hold north of Glacier National Park this summer, giving scientists at least a year to gather baseline data before Canadian coal and coalbed methane exploration begins. “We have several programs of study that are under way ...
  • Farmers win water ruling on methane Farmers win water ruling on methane by Kim McGuire, July 3, 2007, Denver Post Energy companies may have to prove they aren’t harming nearby groundwater users when they drill coalbed methane-gas wells, under a court decision released Monday. … “The court has properly found that the gas industry can’t keep jeopardizing our way of life and that the ...
  • Coalbed report raises water questions Coalbed report raises water questions by Hanneke Brooymans, June 25, 2007, Edmonton Journal Another target that generated concern among industry was the 2012 completion date for a provincial groundwater inventory. It was suggested that this time frame be moved up, if possible. To do this properly, the government would also need to collect data on the approximate 400,000 ...
  • Governing with Integrity and Transparency, Coalbed methane recommendations Governing with Integrity and Transparency, Coalbed methane recommendations Alberta Government Press Release, June 25, 2007 Of the 42 accepted recommendations…. Five of the recommendations have already been completed, such as the development of best practices guidelines for coalbed methane development. Another five recommendations are scheduled to begin after the first year. … At the end of 2006, ...
  • Gas well a threat to rural water Gas well a threat to rural water by Paul Cowley, June 25, 2007, Red Deer Advocate Winter said despite the company’s assurances, the risk to the aquifer is too high. “We know things break down and things fail. And things fail when you least want them to. “We’re trying to be reasonable. We’re not trying to put (Intrepid) ...
  • Complaints prompts well tests Complaints prompts well tests by Mary MacArthur, May 10, 2007, The Western Producer Alberta Environment officials have taken samples from wells after Shawn and Ronalie Campbell complained at a recent news conference the government has done little to help find out how gas contaminated their water well. Andrew Horton, an Alberta Environment spokesperson, said the government hopes tests ...
  • Testimony on water contamination and non-disclosure of chemicals used in shallow hydraulic fracturing of coalbed methane wells in Alberta Testimony on water contamination and non-disclosure of chemicals used in shallow hydraulic fracturing of coalbed methane wells in Alberta to The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Number 056, 1st Session, 39th Parliament in Ottawa, May 8, 2007. Ms. Jessica Ernst (Environmental Specialist, Ernst Environmental Services) Testimony, May 8, 2007: Good morning. Bonjour. I grew up in Montreal. I now live ...
  • Gov’t ignoring tainted groundwater problems Gov’t ignoring tainted groundwater problems by Jason Markusoff, May 2, 2007, The Edmonton Journal In the 18 months since their problems and similar ones emerged, officials are still investigating, while more wells are drilled to extract natural gas from coal seams deep underground. “Alberta Environment is doing everything that it possibly can to get to the bottom of ...
  • Water grief brings cowboy to tears Water grief brings cowboy to tears by Jason Fekete, with files from Renata D’Aliesio, May 2, 2007, Calgary Herald Ponoka-area farmer Shawn Campbell, 57, tried to choke back tears under the brim of his cowboy hat at a news conference, when he argued rural Albertans’ worries over their contaminated and potentially toxic groundwater are largely falling on deaf ...
  • Gas in water Gas in water by Lana Michelin, May 2, 2007, Red Deer Advocate When the “bubbling” in their tap water was identified as gas, a Ponoka-area couple said they quickly learned that the Alberta government wasn’t about to take their side against oil companies. “Yes, (the provincial government) has all the power to do something about it, but they don’t ...
  • Damning Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Damning Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Media Alert May 1, 2007, Alberta Legislature Media Room, Edmonton Four landowners from central Alberta will provide damning evidence of industrial contamination of groundwater in communities experiencing rapid coal-bed methane development and associated fracing. … Nearly a dozen reluctant investigations by Alberta Environment (one landowner had to use freedom of information to ...
  • Alberta accused of ignoring water well contamination by oil and gas drilling Alberta accused of ignoring water well contamination by oil and gas drilling by The Canadian Press, May 1, 2007 Shawn Campbell says the Alberta government has refused to test the toxic cocktail of petro-gases that he says have poisoned his drinking water. … Campbell and wife Ronalie said they have 30 producing oil or gas wells on their ...
  • Albertans demand action on ‘vile’ well water Albertans demand action on ‘vile’ well water by Katherine Harding, May 1, 2007, Globe and Mail …she doesn’t believe Alberta Environment’s assessment that the methane in her well is natural and caused by bacteria.
  • Stelmach leaves no doubt where his loyalties lie Stelmach leaves no doubt where his loyalties lie by Christel Hyshka, April 30, 2007, The Edmonton Journal The businesses most opposed to government regulation in Alberta profit from the exploitation of mineral resources owned 100 per cent by the Albertan people. More often than not, these businesses are owned by foreign shareholders who delight at the record profits ...
  • Drilling could pollute groundwater used by 90% of rural Albertans Drilling could pollute groundwater used by 90% of rural Albertans by Hanneke Brooymans, April 30, 2007, The Edmonton Journal with files from The Canadian Press More than 350,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in Alberta since production began. That’s about one well for every 10 people living in the province, says the Pembina Institute report, which is to ...
  • Sustainability of Coalbed Methane (Within the Context of Environmental Challenges and Policy Development in Alberta) Sustainability of Coalbed Methane (Within the Context of Environmental Challenges and Policy Development in Alberta) by Earnest Reason University of Alberta School of Business, April 13, 2007. To enamor community trust, all CBM activities should be of public record, and large scale CBM development subject to an environmental assessment process. …Whereas recent regulatory changes toughened monitoring and ...
  • Debate to heat up over North American water trade Debate to heat up over North American water trade by Kelly Patterson, April 12, 2007, CanWest News Service A series of closed-door conferences for the North American Future 2025 Project will include the discussion of “water transfers” and diversions, according to the outline for the project, a trilateral effort to draft a “blueprint” on economic integration for ...
  • Ray Strom Decision Ray Strom Decision Press Release by Alberta Surface Rights Federation, Pine Lake Surface Rights Action Group and Crestomere Landowners Association, April 5, 2007 In the meeting today, it was submitted that landowners should have the freedom to choose their representatives and advisors. This submission was reinforced by numerous resolutions from Alberta’s rural organizations. In his decision, the ...
  • Showdown with Big Oil, There’s a battle brewing out there, People are getting right ticked off Showdown with Big Oil, There’s a battle brewing out there, People are getting right ticked off by Neil Waugh, April 4, 2007, Edmonton Sun The evidence piled up against farmers and ranchers land rights advocate Ray Strom by a trio of petroleum land agents – representing Exxon Mobil, Encana and Aquila Networks – was too strong. Ayotte was ...
  • Canada’s water needs protection Canada’s water needs protection by Chris Cobb, April 1, 2007, CanWest News Service; Ottawa Citizen Canada urgently needs a clear policy to protect the nation’s water resources from privatization, pollution and the creeping demands of the United States, a leading activist told an Ottawa conference Saturday. “Water needs to be regarded as a fundamental human right and not as ...
  • Burning Water Burning Water by Tadzio Richards, Maisonneuve Magazine, The Controversy Issue, March 17, 2007, earned a gold (investigative reporting) and silver (science, technology and the environment) at the National Magazine Awards. In the recent early days of CBM in Alberta, unless a company was planning on fracing into freshwater aquifers, companies were not required to do baseline testing of nearby ...
  • Alberta’s boom bankrupting environment says top scientist Alberta’s boom bankrupting environment says top scientist by Bob Weber, March 11, 2007, The Canadian Press Alberta could be booming itself into environmental bankruptcy, says new research from one of the province’s top scientists. … Coalbed methane, which involves extracting natural gas from tiny pockets in coal seams, is just starting in Alberta. One of the prime ...
  • Oil firms ‘negligent’ at Suffield, Wildlife areas damaged by industry: report Oil firms ‘negligent’ at Suffield, Wildlife areas damaged by industry: report by Kerry Williamson, March 8, 2007, Calgary Herald The oil and gas industry is failing to meet even basic environmental standards on military land encompassing one of Alberta’s most fragile national wildlife areas, according to internal documents released by the Department of Defence. The documents ...
  • EnCana exposed, Damning evidence of environmental damage EnCana exposed, Damning evidence of environmental damage by Amy Steele, March 8, 2007, Fast Forward Weekly “It’s basically like the wild west. These guys are totally out of control there, and there’s no accountability. “It is a pattern of behaviour. I certainly wouldn’t trust them with my environmentally significant area and I don’t know that Canadians trust them ...
  • Government taking steps to address water concerns, water issues dogs CBM producers Government taking steps to address water concerns, water issues dogs CBM producers by Paul Stastny, March 2007, Oilweek Magazine Its manufacturing-style drilling model can seem overwhelming when 40 or 50 wells at a time are punched in the ground. … To this end, in 2006 the EUB put in place a number of new directives to address ...
  • Suffield Files Reveal Disturbing Story of Environmental Degradation, Non-compliance by Energy Companies and Industry Giant EnCana Suffield Files Reveal Disturbing Story of Environmental Degradation, Non-compliance by Energy Companies and Industry Giant EnCana Press Release by Alberta Wilderness Association, Grasslands Naturalists, Nature Canada, Federation of Alberta Naturalists, February 28, 2007 Internal government documents regarding energy company EnCana’s activities inside Canadian Forces Base Suffield, including a federally protected National Wildlife Area (NWA), reveal a disturbing story ...
  • Wet’suwet’en Chiefs Oppose Coalbed Methane Wet’suwet’en Chiefs Oppose Coalbed Methane by the Hereditary Chiefs, February 21, 2007, Interior News We, the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en, care deeply about our territory. Our traditional land use has been confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada through the Delgamuukw-Gisday Wa Court Case. After careful consideration of the risks and benefits of coalbed methane, we have unanimously decided ...
  • Report of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy to the Ministry of Environment, Province of Alberta Report of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy to the Ministry of Environment, Province of Alberta by Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, February 2007. This review of Alberta groundwater programs declared Alberta’s groundwater policies “inadequate” and reported a “lack of comprehensive monitoring systems.”  The report adds that “exploitation of Alberta’s energy resources is proceeding at a ...
  • Shallow Biogenic Shales in Canada, Money and Brains Stealth Venture and Canyon Technical Services partner to answer unconventional fracturing challenges Money and Brains Stealth Venture and Canyon Technical Services partner to answer unconventional fracturing challenges in Energy Evolution The Rise of Unconventional Gas in Canada by Darrell Stonehouse, Vol. 1, 2007, CSUG and June Warren Publishing Ltd. Unconventional gas, by definition, is difficult-to-produce gas that requires some sort of artificial stimulation to flow at commercial rates. … ...
  • EnCana donates $5 Million to the University of Wyoming EnCana donates $5 Million to the University of Wyoming ABC Tribe In January 2007, EnCana Oil and Gas donated US $5 million to the University of Wyoming to create the School of Energy Resources.
  • Calgary Herald’s Top Ten Newsmakers of 2006, Everyday Albertans made their voices heard just as loudly as the politicians in this year’s most compelling stories Calgary Herald’s Top Ten Newsmakers of 2006, Everyday Albertans made their voices heard just as loudly as the politicians in this year’s most compelling stories by The Calgary Herald, December 31, 2006 “Am I a landowner or a guinea pig?” Ernst told a meeting of landowners in March.
  • Top ten newsmakers of 2006 Top ten newsmakers of 2006, Calgary Herald, December 31, 2006. A tidal wave of political change swept across the Alberta landscape in 2006, bringing forward a number of dynamic public figures among the Herald’s top 10 newsmakers. … Rural landowners were also looking for truth and transparency in 2006 when concerns of rapid coal bed ...
  • As finite supplies of natural gas are depleted, coal-bed methane is expected to fill the void As finite supplies of natural gas are depleted, coal-bed methane is expected to fill the void by Tony Seskus, December 31, 2006, CanWest News Service Yet, the government, regulators and industry say CBM development has never been linked to well water problems in Alberta. In Wyoming and Colorado, CBM development has caused land and water problems. Critics ...
  • Uphill fight against coal-bed methane Uphill fight against coal-bed methane by Edmonton Journal, December 31, 2006 “We used to be able to sit out on the back deck and hear nothing in the evening or on a Sunday. Now we hear motors all the time,” Marshman says. “Our quality of life has gone for complete crap.”
  • Moratorium on coalbed-methane drilling needed to cool frenzy Moratorium on coalbed-methane drilling needed to cool frenzy by David Eggen, Edmonton Journal, December 22, 2006.
  • Alberta Health CEO Bayliss steps down Alberta Health CEO Bayliss steps down by Darcy Henton, December 8, 2006, Edmonton Sun Since he took the province’s top health officer job in 2000, he has been involved in health issues like infectious diseases, water quality and food safety. Bayliss, who oversees health region medical health officers, says the critical issue in public health today is the ...
  • Who’s in Charge? The Secret Standoff in CFB Suffield Who’s in Charge?  The Secret Standoff in CFB Suffield by Dr. Shirley Bray, December 2006, Wild Lands Advocate Thereʼs a story told in Suffield of the time EnCana drilled a well in a wetland, going against the rules of the Department of National Defence (DND). When DND told them to remove it, EnCana argued about the ...
  • Tories divided on methane Tories divided on methane by Tony Seskus and Jason Fekete, Calgary Herald, November 18, 2006 “I think we’ve been on top of that issue sufficiently that we don’t need that,” said Morton, adding the province has made regulatory changes to monitor potential impacts on well water and taken action toward mapping Alberta’s aquifers to identify potential problems. “We’ve ...
  • Take the time to get it right Take the time to get it right, Water concerns must be resolved in coal bed methane quest by Calgary Herald, November 17, 2006 Forging ahead with rapid coal bed methane development amid concerns of surface and groundwater contamination is a risk the province can’t afford to take, despite the industry’s promise. … Conventional drilling has already leaked methane ...
  • Coal bed concerns catch industry’s ear Coal bed concerns catch industry’s ear by Tony Seskus, Calgary Herald, November 16, 2006. At an energy conference Wednesday, the president of the Canadian Society for Unconventional Gas said the petroleum sector must commit to doing business in a way that recognizes and deals with the concerns of residents living near these wells. “And that doesn’t mean throw ...
  • Before the boom, the province passed on a chance to head off many of the concerns some Albertans have today about coal bed methane Before the boom, the province passed on a chance to head off many of the concerns some Albertans have today about coal bed methane by Renata D’Aliesio and Tony Seskus, November 15, 2006, Calgary Herald The flyer was provocative. “Profit zones or sacrifice zones?” its bold letters screamed. From the southern prairie town of Nanton to ...
  • A History of CBM A History of CBM by Renata D’Aliesio, Calgary Herald, November 15, 2006. 1975: Shell Canada and several other companies hire Sproule, a Calgary-based petroleum consulting firm, to assess the coal bed methane (CBM) potential of the Plains coal deposits in Alberta. 1977: Algas Resources Ltd., a subsidiary of NOVA Corporation, begins a five-year pilot program to develop CBM in ...
  • What lies beneath What lies beneath by Tony Seskus and Renata D’Aliesio, Front Page Calgary Herald, November 15, 2006. “We have pipelines, we have power lines, but there’s no way on earth we want this,” says Gary Norman, a rancher from east of Bowden who opposes coal bed methane development. Earlier this year, hundreds of anxious residents packed town halls to try ...
  • Clash over Coalbed Methane Clash over Coalbed Methane by Larissa Ardis, November 14, 2006, TheTyee.ca “We don’t want to be CBM guinea pigs.”
  • Gas well explosion should get everyone’s attention Gas well explosion should get everyone’s attention by McKenzie Richards, Silt, Oct 22, 2006, Glenwood Post Independent At 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, we were rattled out of bed by an explosion. One of the gas wells in our little corner of Garfield County blew up and/or some part of that facility. We watched from our ...
  • When a gas well blows out, you get out fast When a gas well blows out, you get out fast by Deb Thomas, Otober 16, 2006, High Country News Vol. 38 No. 19 My family and I live in Clark, Wyo., on the Montana-Wyoming border. I used to tell people that I lived on the edge of Yellowstone country. Nowadays, though, I admit that I live ...
  • Spill site is free of radioactive waste, says Corridor Resources Spill site is free of radioactive waste, says Corridor Resources by CBC News, October 2, 2006.
  • Trouble in the Fields: Is our water safe? Trouble in the Fields: Is our water safe? Landowners near coalbed methane wells say government won’t protect their water. So who will? Cover article by Jeremy Klazsus, photographs by Colin Smith, originally published in Alberta Views October 2006. Vol 9, No. 8. Jeremy Klaszus won the Alexander Ross Award for Best New Writer for his investigative journalism in, Big ...
  • County continues work County continues work by Strathmore Standard, September 28, 2006 By the end of the week (Sept. 28-29), the county is hoping to install the new inlet and outlet headers on the water reservoir. The headers are to do with mixing and contact times of the water and chemicals.
  • Rosebud water is not being affected by coal bed methane, rather by treating bacteria says the EUB (now AER) Rosebud water is not being affected by coal bed methane by Darren Ridgley, September 26, 2006, Drumheller Valley Times The advisory was issued and the residents were informed after tests at the hamlet’s new water treatment facility showed that the water supply had a bromodichloromethane level of 19 parts per billion (ppb). The new Canada Health guideline ...
  • Water usage advisory issued for Rosebud Water usage advisory issued for Rosebud by Strathmore Standard, September 21, 2006 Residents and businesses of Rosebud were alerted to a water usage advisory on Sept. 14, issued by the Calgary Health Region. The Calgary Health Region has been working with Alberta Environment and Wheatland County to monitor levels of chlorine disinfectant byproducts in the hamlet’s municipal water ...
  • NEWS ALERT: Water Supply for Hamlet of Rosebud Contaminated NEWS ALERT Water supply for Hamlet of Rosebud Contaminated with Carcinogen Bromodichloromethane by Fiona Lauridsen (resident with contaminated well water), September 15, 2006 ROSEBUD: Last night representatives from Alberta Environment, Wheatland County and the Calgary Health Region issued a “water usage advisory” to the residents of Rosebud, located one hour east of Calgary. The advisory warns residents ...
  • BJ Services radioactive frac blowout document BJ Services radioactive frac blowout document (Part 1 of 4), September 8, 2006, Corridor Resources put in mailboxes of landowners and concerned citizens Penobsquis, New Brunswick The BJ Services frac’ing equipment was in the final stages of the stimulation operation when a washout of a segment of the frac iron occurred (piping between the pump trucks ...
  • Firewater Firewater by Andrew Nikiforuk in Canadian Business Magazine August 14, 2006 The shy 49-year-old oilpatch consultant says that the ongoing controversy has been a very unwelcome experience. “I’d rather be running my business in peace,” explains Ernst, who frequently works with major oil and gas firms and First Nations on northern wildlife issues. “But I had no choice. The ...
  • Government double-talk a slap in the face Government double-talk a slap in the face by Claudette Lacombe, August 9, 2006, Farm Business Communications Rural Albertans clearly have a high level of mistrust of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) and a series of public information sessions in June only made it worse. If the Rockyford session is any indication of how these went, the ...
  • How Halliburton Technology is Wrecking the Rockies How Halliburton Technology is Wrecking the Rockies by Michelle Nijhuis, One Earth, Summer 2006 Most companies keep their particular “recipes” for hydraulic fracturing fluids under wraps, but many fluids are known to contain toxic chemicals intended to increase the efficiency of the process. Some, for example, include the carcinogen benzene and the powerful neurotoxins toluene and xylene…. ...
  • Texas Lawsuit Includes a Mix of Race and Water Texas Lawsuit Includes a Mix of Race and Water by Ralph Blumenthal, July 9, 2006, The New York Times DeBERRY, Tex. — Frank and Earnestene Roberson no longer need to drive the 23 miles to a Wal-Mart near Shreveport for a safe drink of water. Instead, it is delivered to them in five-gallon jugs, courtesy of ...
  • Inflaming a Conflict, Alberta Landowners Claim Coal-bed Methane Drilling Contaminates their Water. Or Are They Just Reviving Old Rivalries Between Farmers and Industry? Inflaming a Conflict, Alberta Landowners Claim Coalbed Methane Fracing Contaminates their Water. Or are They Just Revising Old Rivalry Between Farmers and Industry? by Cyril Doll, July 3, 2006, Western Standard Sure Alberta is awash with oil and gas, but pulling the valuable resources out of the ground doesn’t make every Albertan grin from ear to ear. ...
  • Technologies May Ease Frac-Related Water Concerns Technologies May Ease Frac-Related Water Concerns by Pat Roche, June 28, 2006, Daily Oil Bulletin With an ever-increasing share of Western Canada’s natural gas supply coming from low-permeability reservoirs, there is a growing need for fracture stimulations. This means a greater need for fresh water to mix frac fluids and increased costs related to disposal of used frac ...
  • The Groundwater Debate The Groundwater Debate by Andrew Nikiforuk, June 2006, The Calgary Herald Jessica Ernst, a well respected oil patch consultant who lost her water supply after CBM activity in her neighborhood, poses four good questions: • Why has the regulator allowed companies to risk Alberta’s groundwater without proper safeguards as recommended by the Canadian Council of Environmental Ministers in 2002? • ...
  • Open Letter Calls for Reform of the System – delivered by Ian Tyson Open Letter Calls for Reform of the System – delivered by Ian Tyson & community groups June 26, 2006, Media Alert by Pekisko Group, Livingstone Landowner’s Group, South Porcupine Hills Steward Association, Alberta Wilderness Association Ian Tyson, the legendary singer and rancher, joined representatives of several prominent community groups from Southern Alberta on horseback to deliver an ...
  • Technologies May Ease Frac-Related Water Concerns Technologies May Ease Frac-Related Water Concerns June 26, 2006, New Technology Magazine Category: Archived News Published on 2006-06-29 With an ever-increasing share of Western Canada’s natural gas supply coming from low-permeability reservoirs, there is a growing need for fracture stimulations. This means a greater need for fresh water to mix frac fluids and increased costs ...
  • Burning Waters: UVic Partner’s environmental record questioned Burning Waters: UVic Partner’s environmental record questioned by Andrew McLeod, originally published in Monday Magazine, June 21, 2006. [Refer also to: 2013: EnCana’s Gerard Protti will be Chair of Alberta’s AER, the new energy regulator that swallows up Alberta Environment, Alberta’s Water and the ERCB ]
  • Breaking down barriers, Darren Barter says the AEUB is open to suggestions Breaking down barriers, Darren Barter says the AEUB is open to suggestions by Jon Koch, June 20, 2006, Mountain View Gazette Bill Sheehan can probably tell you what a number of local landowners think about the Alberta Energy Utilities Board (EUB). However, on May 31, he received the opportunity, along with other members of the Alberta Association ...
  • Coalbed methane drilling a tough sell Coalbed methane drilling a tough sell, Public information sessions reveal deep-seated suspicions on part of landowners by Kelly Cryderman, June 19, 2006, The Edmonton Journal The dozens of faces at a Wetaskiwin meeting on coalbed methane are grim and focused. They listen as industry and government make presentations and assure them that water wells, the lifeblood of any ...
  • Government hosting public information sessions on groundwater protection and coalbed methane Government hosting public information sessions on groundwater protection and coalbed methane Alberta Environment News Release, June 1, 2006 “I am committed to ensuring that every Albertan has access to safe, secure drinking water supplies, as outlined in Alberta’s Water for Life strategy.”
  • Province betrays reluctance to blacken coalbed-methane gold rush, Drilling picks up pace as narrowly defined rules exclude many landowners Province betrays reluctance to blacken coalbed-methane gold rush, Drilling picks up pace as narrowly defined rules exclude many landowners by Sheila Pratt, The Edmonton Journal, May 28, 2006 When Dale Zimmerman moved to his farm eight years go, there was plenty of good well water for his family and his 100 head of cattle. Not anymore. Since last ...
  • Eminently Unsuitable Nikiforuk on Gwyn Morgan Eminently Unsuitable Nikiforuk on Gwyn Morgan by Andrew Nikiforuk, Canadian Business Magazine, May 22-June 4, 2006 issue When parliamentarians dismissed former EnCana CEO Gwyn Morgan’s nomination to the new Public Appointments Commission as “unsuitable” on May 16, they mostly cited his comments about the violent proclivities of certain Jamaican immigrants. Canadian Council of Chief Executives president and chief ...
  • Bruce Jack Private water well explosion at Spirit River, Alberta Bruce Jack Private water well explosion at Spirit River, Alberta Alberta Hansard, May 17, 2006 The Speaker: Good afternoon. Let us pray. We confidently ask for strength and encouragement in our service to others. We ask for wisdom to guide us in making good laws and good decisions for the present and the future of Alberta. Amen. Please be seated … Coal-bed Methane ...
  • Coalbed-methane drilling gets OK, Strict guidelines, testing promised, but some see dangers ahead Coalbed-methane drilling gets OK, Strict guidelines, testing promised, but some see dangers ahead by James Baxter, The Edmonton Journal, May 12, 2006 Coalbed-methane development was given the green light by the provincial government, but strict new groundwater testing will be required before companies will be licensed to drill. … Environment Minister Guy Boutilier said he would shut down any ...
  • The Role of the Upper Geosphere in Mitigating CO2 Surface Releases in Wellbore Leakage Scenarios The Role of the Upper Geosphere in Mitigating CO2 Surface Releases in Wellbore Leakage Scenarios by Dennis M. leNeveu, Frank B. Walton, John C. Tait, Marsha I. Sheppard, Kristine Hug for Natural Resources Canada CANMET Energy Technology Centre – Devon, Fifth Annual Conference on Carbon Capture & Sequestration, May 8-11, 2006, Alexandria, Virginia The cement seals can ...
  • Coalbed Methane Natural Gas-in-Coal and Groundwater potential impacts presented by Alberta Environment in 2006 Coalbed Methane Natural Gas-in-Coal and Groundwater by Nga de la Cruz, May 2-5, 2006, Alberta Environment
  • Tories name EnCana founder to vet appointments Tories name EnCana founder to vet appointments by Gloria Galloway, Globe and Mail, April 21, 2006 The federal Conservatives have nominated former Calgary oil executive Gwyn Morgan as head of the public appointments commission. Mr. Morgan is the former president and chief executive officer of EnCana. If his nomination is accepted by the government’s operations and estimates committee, ...
  • Rosebud water glitch Rosebud water glitch by Strathmore Standard, April 13, 2006 The hamlet is now on the temporary water treatment facility they used to supply the hamlet following the explosion that saw council seek to replace the old aboveground reservoir tank.
  • Rosebud water treatment plant meets the tests Rosebud water treatment plant meets the tests by Strathmore Standard, April 6, 2006 The Hamlet of Rosebud has a new water reservoir and water treatment plant to replace what was destroyed last year due to an explosion.
  • EnCana clarifies practices relating to gas completions EnCana clarifies practices relating to gas completions by Stacy Knull, VP EnCana in Valley Times, April 4, 2006 EnCana tests local water wells before it drills…. Currently, in the Chinook Business Unit, we test wells up to 1000 m from our drilling programs….we have made a hard boundary in our Chinook Business Unit to not complete any wells ...
  • Erin Sexton (National Parks Conservation Association, Glacier Field Office, Whitefish Montana), Karen Campbell (West Coast Environmental Law, Vancouver) and Jessica Ernst present on the Elk Valley Tour, April 4-6, 2006 2006 Erin Sexton (National Parks Conservation Association, Glacier Field Office, Whitefish Montana), Karen Campbell (West Coast Environmental Law, Vancouver) and Jessica Ernst present on the Elk Valley Tour SE British Columbia, April 4-6, 2006 April 4, 2006 in Fernie at the Arts Station, 7 PM April 5, 2006 in Elkford at the Union Hall, 7 PM April 6, 2006 at ...
  • Operating Canadas Biggest CBM Field Operating Canadas Biggest CBM Field by Oil and Gas Inquirer, March 15, 2006 Just east of Calgary, EnCana Corporation operates Canada’s largest producing coalbed methane (CBM) field, and also one of the oldest. In stark contrast to the land contamination and lawsuits spawned in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, EnCana’s five-year-old CBM project ...
  • Part 1: CBM concerns ignited; Part 2: CBM checks, balances in place say government officials, EUB, oil and gas industry Part 2: CBM checks, balances in place say government officials, the EUB and oil and gas industry by Shawne Mohl, March 21, 2006, Innisfail Province According to government officials and industry professionals the production of coal bed methane (CBM) in Alberta will never impact or harm the environment, the ground water supply, or one’s health. … The things which the speakers say ...
  • EnCana on methane in water EnCana on methane in water by EnCana, March 9, 2006 in EnCana Energy for People In Your Community in Strathmore Standard Alberta Environment has 906 entries in its Groundwater Centre database indicating gas, assumed to be methane, was detected in groundwater. These records are mainly for water wells used for domestic, stock and municipal needs. The database also shows that ...
  • The 2006 Alberta Unconventional Gas Tour The Alberta Unconventional Gas Tour March 7 – 9, 2006 Sponsored by The Alberta Surface Rights Federation, Warburg-Pembina Surface Rights Group, Pine Lake Surface Rights Action Group, Butte Action Committee, Livingston Landowners Group, The Pekisko Group, The Parkland Institute and The Land Advocate Richard Secord LLB (Alberta Lawyer), Tweeti Blanchet (New Mexico Rancher), Gwen Lachelt (Director Oil and ...
  • Water better be OK, Ralph Vows to Intervene on Coalbed Methane Complaints Water better be OK, Ralph Vows to Intervene on Coalbed Methane Complaints by Darcy Henton, Legislature Bureau, The Edmonton Sun, March 1, 2006. He gave his personal guarantee the concerns of suffering families will be addressed.  “I am willing to extend that to the fullest extent,” he told reporters yesterday. “Whatever is necessary to be done will be ...
  • Alberta Government 2006 Legislature promise of permanent, safe alternate water to citizens with methane contaminated water in hydraulically fractured (aka stimulated) coalbed methane areas Alberta Government, questioned on lack of baseline water well testing before hydraulic fracturing of shallow coalbed methane (CBM), promised that the EUB responsible “on every application” to protect groundwater Alberta Hansard 26th Legislature, 2nd Session February 27, 2006 Alberta Hansard 37, Monday, February 27, 2006 1:30 p.m. 2:20 Coal-bed Methane Drilling Dr. Swann: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This government ...
  • Rural landowners victimized by lack of provincial action Rural landowners victimized by lack of provincial action by Sheila Pratt, February 26, 2006, The Edmonton Journal Lee Christensen is a grain farmer with 1,800 acres east of Calgary. He went to the bank last year looking for a mortgage on a parcel of his land. He filled out the required forms, including an environmental questionnaire pointing out ...
  • Human Rights and Resource Development Project, Albertans’ Concerns about Health Impacts and Oil and Gas Development: A Summary Human Rights and Resource Development Project, Albertans’ Concerns about Health Impacts and Oil and Gas Development: A Summary by Nickie Vlavianos, Research Associate Canadian Institute of Resources Law, February 2006, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre and Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary In September 2000, 93 percent of Canadians expressed concern that environmental hazards ...
  • Original Directive 027, Shallow Fracturing Operations—Interim Controls, Restricted Operations, and Technical Review Original Directive 027, Shallow Fracturing Operations—Interim Controls, Restricted Operations, and Technical Review January 31, 2006 The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB/Board) has approved this directive on January 31, 2006, original signed by M. N. McCrank, Q.C., P.Eng. Chairman Information provided by industry to date shows that there may not always be a complete understanding of fracture propagation ...
  • Directive 027: Shallow Fracturing Operations-Interim Controls EUB Directive 027: Shallow Fracturing Operations-Interim Controls, Restricted Operations, and Review by Jim Reid, Manager, Alberta Energy and Utilities Board Increased development at ever shallower depths. Increased Fracture volumes, rates and pressures. Increased public concern on water well protection. Lack of regulatory control on fracture design. … Number of reported incidents of communication at nearby EUB licenced wells
  • Fears about coalbed methane Fears about coalbed methane by Ric Swihart, Lethbridge Herald, January 21, 2006 Johnson said the big concern when discussing coalbed methane is the lack of baseline data so the full impact of the exploration and development can be measured.
  • The Real Price of Oil The Real Price of Oil Interviewed by Victor Couwenberg, January 12, 2006, Departure Productions Nadja, a soft spoken, yet confident lady, has recently completed a documentary entitled Between Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow. It is a documentary about Nadja’s experiences as she tried to uncover more about EnCana, a Canadian oil company’s extraction activities in Ecuador. ...
  • The hydrogeochemistry of methane: evidence from English groundwaters The hydrogeochemistry of methane: evidence from English groundwaters by W. G. Darling and D. C. Gooddy, 2006, British Geological Survey The presence of methane (CH4) in groundwater is usually only noticed when it rises to high concentrations; to date rather little is known about its production or natural ‘baseline’ conditions. Evidence from a range of non-polluted ...
  • Film Review: Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow (2005, Nadja Drost) Film Review: Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow (2005, Nadja Drost) by Edward Adplanalp, 2006, International Third World Studies Journal and Review, Volume XVII In Between Midnight and The Rooster’s Crow (2005), a determined first-time Canadian filmmaker Nadja Drost gets up close to the domination of the natural environment of Ecuador and its beautiful people. Her documentary, ...
  • David P. O’Brien named Chancellor of Concordia University, Press Release David P. O’Brien named Chancellor of Concordia University Press Release, December 19, 2005 David O’Brien is Chairman of the Royal Bank of Canada and Chairman of EnCana Corporation – North America’s largest independent oil and gas company. … He was Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Pacific Limited from 1996 until 2001. He then negotiated the merger of ...
  • Tainted water lights fire under gas fears Tainted water lights fire under gas fears by Hanneke Brooymans, December 13, 2005, Front page The Edmonton Journal Nga de la Cruz, manager of the coal bed methane project for Alberta Environment, acknowledges the American problems. “But so far we really haven’t documented the migration of methane from a coal bed methane well (in Alberta),” she added. Bob ...
  • EUB [now ERCB] Bulletin 2005-33: Shallow Fracturing Operations: New Requirements, Restricted Operations, and Technical Review Committee EUB , December 9, 2005 The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) believes there is a need to consider new regulations and/or ...
  • A home exploded at Bondad Hill, Colorado A home exploded at Bondad Hill, Colorado. The investigation showed that methane gas leaking from petroleum industry wells was to blame by Joe Hanel, Durango Herald, December 8, 2005 That well is leaking gas from the Fruitland Coal formation – the same place tapped by La Plata County’s coal-bed methane wells. The leak started almost 70 years ago, ...