Global Frac News

  • 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, ...
  • CPAWS won’t wait for government to develop coalbed methane regulations CPAWS won’t wait for government to develop coalbed methane regulations by Graeme McElheran, Yukon News, December 2, 2005.
  • Enbridge research chair first of its kind dedicated to holistic cancer care Enbridge donates 1.2 million to U of Calgary, research chair first of its kind dedicated to holistic cancer care by Beth Frank, November 2005, Vol 2, Issue 2 Oncampus Online The Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology will be the first of its kind in Canada, and one of only a few in the world dedicated ...
  • Focused Energy, Gwyn Morgan has led Producer of the Year EnCana towards the pinnacle; now Randy Eresman takes the reins Focused Energy, Gwyn Morgan has led Producer of the Year EnCana towards the pinnacle; now Randy Eresman takes the reins by Deborah Jaremko, November 2005, Oilweek With an enterprise value of about US$44 billion and an undeveloped North American land position the size of Massechusetts, EnCana is one of the largest companies in Canada, if not ...
  • EnCana & Colorado Mtn College make an odd couple EnCana & Colorado Mtn College make an odd couple by Jeremy Madden, Aspen Times, October 12, 2005 The deal between EnCana Oil & Gas and my alma mater Colorado Mountain College stinks worse than a frat house with a gas leak during pledge week. The deal involves EnCana donating $3 million to fund a new CMC facility in ...
  • British Columbia’s 2005 Lax Code for Discharging Coalbed Methane Pollution into Rocky Mountain Headwaters Co-Authored by Encana, Company Resumes 5 year old Elkford CBM Project as Weak Provincial ‘Code of Practice’ Comes into Effect Permitting Discharge of Contaminated Wastewater into Classified Trout Streams BC Environmental Management Act CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE DISCHARGE OF PRODUCED WATER FROM COALBED GAS OPERATIONS Deposited March 21, 2005, effective July 1, 2005, B.C. Reg. 156/2005 *** British Columbia’s Lax Code for Discharging Coalbed Methane Pollution into Rocky Mountain Headwaters Was Co-Authored by Gas Driller, EnCana Resumes Elkford CBM Project as a Weak  Provincial ‘Code of Practice’ ...
  • Ranchers ready for drilling fight Ranchers ready for drilling fight by Elise Stolte, July 17, 2005, Calgary Herald “These pads minimize disturbance. That’s what people are not understanding right now,” said Neville, who also owns ranchland in the area. She outlined a list of studies and new harvesting techniques that will help the company restore the site when they finish. But is she ...
  • EnCana’s ‘field of dreams’ has Colorado locals crying the blues EnCana’s ‘field of dreams’ has Colorado locals crying the blues by Dave Ebner, July 15, 2005, Globe and Mail Some folks are singing the EnCana Bluegrass Blues in northwestern Colorado, blaming the Calgary natural gas giant for tainting the environment and bringing far too much development to the rugged region. “And how did they poison my water and ...
  • Quakes shake Vermejo Park gas field — again Quakes shake Vermejo Park gas field — again by Bobby Magill, The Taos News, July 14-20, 2005 Some seismologists believe the coalbed methane drilling on Vermejo Park could be the cause of occasional earthquakes that shake the mineral-rich Ratón Basin — a theory the gas industry vehemently disputes.
  • All Fired Up All Fired Up, by John G. Mitchell, photographs by Joel Sartore, National Geographic, July 2005 National Geographic: Sights and sounds of drilling the west National Geographic: Photographs The Jonah Field (a national sacrifice zone) is one of EnCana’s major resource plays
  • EnCana Answers EnCana answers by Gerard Protti, EnCana Executive VP, June 24, 2005, Report on Business Magazine, Globe and Mail EnCana has not withheld information about our proposed energy development plans from the residents of Rosebud, a region where EnCana has been producing natural gas for more than 40 years. Rather, because of the sensitivities around natural gas produced from ...
  • Alleged Violations of the rules and regulations of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) by EnCana Alleged Violations of the rules and regulations of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) by EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. Cause No. 1V, DOCKET NO. 0507-OV-07 before the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission of the State of Colorado, June 10, 2005 Water samples were collected from the Amos/Walker water well on May 4, 2001, ...
  • 3 Million Gift Sets the Stage for New CMC Campus 3 Million Gift Sets the Stage for New CMC Campus by Debra Crawford, May 25, 2005, enews Colorado Mountain College EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. today presented a gift of $3 million to Colorado Mountain College. This major gift marks the start of the college’s capital campaign to build a new campus in western Garfield County. ...
  • Coalbed methane drilling could be cause of quake Coalbed methane drilling could be cause of quake by Bobby Magill, The Taos News, May 5-11, 2005 Many quakes in the region have been clustered around coalbed methane development, said Alan Sanford, New Mexico Tech emeritus professor of seismology. …“It is my understanding that they are injecting fluids into the ground which can generate earthquakes,” Aster said. Coalbed ...
  • Life Inside a Science Project Life Inside a Science Project by Andrew Nikiforuk, The Globe and Mail Report on Business, April 29, 2005 In the scenic badlands of Alberta, an hour’s drive northeast of Calgary, Jessica Ernst loved to savour the prairie evening on he back porch. Then EnCana Inc. planted a new compressor station 870 metres away. The olive green ...
  • County exploring options for Rosebud water facility replacement County exploring options for Rosebud water facility replacement by Strathmore Standard, February 3, 2005 Rosebud residents are on a boiled water order following a Jan. 11 explosion that destroyed the Rosebud water reservoir storage tank, causing the lid of the potable water reservoir tank to become loose thus exposing the water to the elements. A Wheatland ...
  • 38th PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology, Testimony by Gerard Protti 38th PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology Evidence, January 31, 2005 Testmony by Mr. Gerry Protti (Executive Vice-President, Corporate Relations, EnCana Corporation): We’ve really grown our company. A significant part of it is that we’ve grown it with an unconventional strategy. I’d like, Mr. Chairman, to talk about what that is and distinguish it ...
  • Investigators say an accumulation of gases appears to have caused the explosion that destroyed the Rosebud water tower and sent a Wheatland County employee to hospital Investigators say an accumulation of gases appears to have caused the explosion that destroyed the Rosebud water tower and sent a Wheatland County employee to hospital by Strathmore Standard, January 27, 2005 Tracy Gooler, Wheatland County constable and manager of protective services, said that the county’s water operator, John Garvin, was endeavoring to thaw out an inlet supply ...
  • Gas industry sees coal-bed methane as the next frontier, Production could quadruple by 2006 Gas industry sees coal-bed methane as the next frontier, Production could quadruple by 2006 by Dave Ebner, January 10, 2005, Page B4, The Globe and Mail CALGARY — Coal-bed methane will leap to prominence in Canada this year, energy industry players say, with about one in every eight wells drilled in the country hunting for natural ...
  • Enbridge Donates $500,000 to the Alberta School of Business Enbridge Invests $500,000 in the Alberta School of Business by Monica Wegner, Fall/Winter 2005-2006, Business Alumni Magazine Another successful story was added to the Alberta School of Business in Edmonton with the generous contribution of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. in continued support of the Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment (CABREE).
  • EnCana racks up the fines EnCana racks up the fines by Dennis Webb, The Aspen Times, December 10, 2004 EnCana Oil & Gas was hit with another fine last week in connection with its operations in Garfield County. It has violated state regulations and laws in connection with 17 wells this year and been fined a total of $454,200. “Seventeen for this one company ...
  • Rosebud Residents Search for Common Ground Rosebud Residents Search for Common Ground by Patrick Kalafa, The Drumheller Mail, December 8, 2004
  • Rosebud residents not too happy with EnCana’s plans Rosebud residents not too happy with EnCana’s plans by Isabell Foks, October 26, 2004, Drumheller Valley Times Mark Taylor, business unit leader for the Rosebud area, started off by explaining EnCana’s plans which include drilling an additional two to three wells per section. … There are approximately just over 400 wells and just over four wells per ...
  • Jessica Ernst presents October 2004 at Encana Calgary Head Office Surface Land Brainstorming & Optimization Session 2004 Jessica Ernst Presents at EnCana Calgary Head Office Surface Land Brainstorming & Optimization Session October 4, 2004
  • Alleged Violations of the rules and regulations of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) by EnCana Alleged Violations of the rules and regulations of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) by EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. Cause No. 1V, Order No. 1V-276 before the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission of the State of Colorado, September 16, 2004. 29 The COGCC staff hand-delivered a Notice of Alleged Violation (“NOAV”) to EnCana ...
  • Environmental hazards posed by the Los Angeles Basin urban oilfields Environmental hazards posed by the Los Angeles Basin urban oilfields: an historical perspective of lessons learned by G.V. Ghillingar and B. Endres, received November 28, 2003, Accepted August 9, 2004, Published online October 26, 2004 in Environmental Geology (2005) 47:302-317 These hazards are caused by gas migration along faults, subsidence caused by the fluid removal with consequent formation of ...
  • Looking Ahead to 2010: Natural Gas Markets in Transition Looking Ahead to 2010:  Natural Gas Markets in Transition by the National Energy Board, Cat. No. NE23-118/2004E, ISBN 0-662-37107-0, August 2004 There are currently about two dozen pilot projects to develop CBM across the WCSB and some participants noted that about 1,000 CBM wells will be drilled this year, resulting in an expected 100 MMcf/d (2.8 ...
  • EPA: Evaluation of Impacts to Underground Sources of Drinking Water by Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Reservoirs Chapter 3 Characteristics of CBM Production and Associated Hydraulic Fracturing Practices Evaluation of Impacts to Underground Sources of Drinking Water by Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Reservoirs Chapter 3 Characteristics of Coalbed Methane Production and Associated Hydraulic Fracturing Practices by the US Environmental Protection Agency, June 2004, EPA 816-R-04-003 Understanding the practice of hydraulic fracturing as it pertains to coalbed methane production is an important first step in ...
  • Shallow Operations Issues Shallow Operations Issues by Jim Reid, Manager Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, May 12, 2004 ‘shallow operations can be “high risk”’ Attention to cementing casing to base of groundwater protection Attention to prevent the mixing of water qualities (commingling)
  • The Smell of Money: British Columbia’s Gas Rush The Smell of Money: British Columbia’s Gas Rush by Shefa Siegel, March 13, 2004, CorpWatch By slashing the enforcement capacity of environmental agencies in half, government has swiftly transformed the Peace Region into a who’s-who of the fossil fuel industry, operating with few regulatory obstructions in a manner decidedly reminiscent of third-world industrial development. “Industry just ...
  • Alberta Landspraying While Drilling (LWD) Review Landspraying While Drilling (LWD) Review by LWD Review Team (John Begg, Kevin Ball, Barry Cole, Lowell Calder, Barry Adams, Bruce Cairns, Dom Ruggieri, Suzanne Hawkes-Gill) Public Lands and Forests Division, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development December 2003, released three years later in 2006, only after FOIP and public pressure. On July 1, 1996, guidelines for LWD on ...
  • Groundwater Quality Groundwater Quality Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Linking Water Science to Policy Workshop Series. Report No.2, 52 pages. Crowe, A.S., K.A. Schaefer, A. Kohut, S.G. Shikaze, C.J. Ptacek. 2003 Given that little is known about the long-term integrity of concrete seals and steel casings in 600,000 abandoned hydrocarbon wells in Canada, the study ...
  • Natural gas from coal in Alberta Position Paper, CAPP doesn’t like the name coalbed methane or hydraulic fracturing referred to as an experiment. Too bad for them (lying bullies). Natural gas from coal in Alberta Position Paper by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, September 2003 In order to more accurately reflect the fact that coalbed methane is simply a form of natural gas and will be developed in a similar manner, CAPP ...
  • Gwyn Morgan, President and past CEO of Encana honoured by University of Alberta Gwyn Morgan, President and past CEO of Encana honoured by University of Alberta March 13, 2003, encana.com [Refer also to: EnCana donates $7.5 Million to the University of Alberta     Cenovus donates $3 Million to the University of Alberta Burning Waters: UVic Partner’s environmental record questioned Eminently Unsuitable Nikiforuk on Gwyn Morgan Meet Christy Clark’s Hard Right Advisor Gwyn Morgan Film Review: ...
  • Coalbed Methane (CBM) not risk-free; Excellent map showing CBM potential in BC Everywhere groundwater went bad after coalbed methane development, industry would change its name. CBM = Coalbed Methane NGC = Natural Gas from Coal CSG = Coalseam Gas Methane’s not risk-free, critics say by Scott Simpson, March 11, 2003, The Vancouver Sun Refer also to: Australian Petroleum Association: Coal seam damage to water inevitable by The Sydney Morning Herald, August 3, 2011. The coal seam gas ...
  • Unconventional Shallow Biogenic Gas Systems Unconventional Shallow Biogenic Gas Systems by George W. Shurr and Jennie L. Ridgley, 2002, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG Bulletin November 2002 v. 86 no. 11 p. 1939-1969 Unconventional shallow biogenic gas falls into two distinct systems that have different attributes. Early-generation systems have blanketlike geometries, and gas generation begins soon after deposition of ...
  • The Health Hazards of Natural Gas The Health Hazards of Natural Gas by Agnes Malouf and David Wimberly, Summer 2001, environmentalhealth.ca The British medical journal, The Lancet, reported in1996 that the use of domestic gas appliances, particularly gas stoves, was linked to increased asthma, respiratory illness, and impaired lung function especially in young women.  Women using gas stoves had double the respiratory ...
  • Natural Gas: Avoidable Health Hazard Natural Gas: Avoidable Health Hazard by David Wimberly, October 2000, Natural Gas Health Information Coalition N.S. The introduction of natural gas to the Maritimes is a juggernaut that is difficult to resist as government and business are falling over themselves to promote it. However all the hype just covers up the surprising, awful truth. Government contrived ...
  • Methane dangers in Los Angeles linked to waste disposal in old oilfields Methane dangers in Los Angeles linked to waste disposal in old oilfields Paper to be presented at Meeting of the Pacific Section Convention American Association Petroleum Geologists and Western Regional Meeting of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Westin Hotel, Long Beach, June 2000 Session: Environmental Liabilities Associated with Oil Industry Operations Studies of past oilfield hazards in Los Angeles show that the ...
  • Seismicity in the Oil Field Seismicity in the Oil Field by Vitaly V. Adushkin. Vladimir N. Rodionov. Sergey Turuntaev. Institute of Dynamics of Geospheres,. Russian Academy of Sciences, 2000. Much of this article originally appeared in the Schlumberger Russian version of the Oilfield Review, Neftegasovoye Obozreniye 5, no.1 (Spring 2000): 4:15. Results in this article were based on data obtained ...
  • Oil and Natural Gas in New Brunswick: Historical and Current Industry-related Activities Oil and Natural Gas in New Brunswick: Historical and Current Industry-related Activities by C. St. Peter, 2000, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy, Minerals and Energy Division, Information Circular 2000-5, 14 p. Fracturing Stoney Creek Field well with nitroglycerin, circa 1940. [Refer also to: Shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, natural gas and water in New Brunswick First ...
  • Alberta Energy Corporation, became Encana, CEO Gwyn Morgan defends company conspiring with RCMP for staged bombing of a gas well Alberta Energy Corporation, became Encana, CEO Gwyn Morgan defends company conspiring with RCMP for staged bombing of a gas well by CBC News, February 8, 1999 Alberta Energy Company has been criticized for conspiring with the RCMP to set off a bomb that blew up a shed at a gas well site last October. Albertans demand RCMP ...
  • WARNING “Natural” gas may be harmful to your health WARNING “Natural” gas may be harmful to your health by the Allergy and Environmental Health Association – Nova Scotia, March 8, 1998 It is “the most important source of indoor air pollution responsible for generating illness ,” surpassing even pesticides or passive tobacco smoke. “For the chemically susceptible individual, this may be the worst ...
  • MEDICAL-ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT: A Review of the Potential Health Effects of the Proposed Sable Gas Pipeline Project from the perspective of Environmentally Induced Illness/Chemical Sensitivity, Asthma and Allergy MEDICAL-ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT: A Review of the Potential Health Effects of the Proposed Sable Gas Pipeline Project from the perspective of Environmentally Induced Illness/Chemical Sensitivity, Asthma and Allergy by Karen McAllister and Helen Lofgren, 1997, Prepared as part of an undertaking by the Allergy and Environmental Health Association The use of natural gas as fuel for stoves, furnaces and ...
  • Source and Migration Pathways of Natural Gas in Near-Surface Ground Water Beneath the Animas River Valley, Colorado and New Mexico Source and Migration Pathways of Natural Gas in Near-Surface Ground Water Beneath the Animas River Valley, Colorado and New Mexico by Chafin, Daniel, T. 1994, USGS Water Resources Investigations Report 94-4006 Man made migration pathways probably introduced most near surface gas to the study area … Gas well annuli are more important than natural fractures for the upward migration ...
  • Enron subsidiary to assemble natural gas storage complex Enron subsidiary to assemble natural gas storage complex by Houston Chronicle, May 18, 1993 Enron Storage Co., a subsidiary of Houston-based Enron Corp., says it is developing a major natural gas storage facility in Assumption Parish, La. During the first stage of development, Enron Storage is leasing two existing salt caverns that will provide 4 billion ...
  • Foul Water Leads to Court Methane Contamination from CBM Foul Water Leads to Court Methane Contamination from CBM in High Country News, April 19, 1993 In a two-year study, USGS scientists found methane gas in one-third of water wells inspected and concluded that oil and gas drilling is the main source of contamination of the shallow aquifers in the Animas River Valley. …the BLM’s reaction reflects a ...
  • Cause of the 1985 Ross Store Explosion and Other Gas Ventings, Fairfax District, Los Angeles Cause of the 1985 Ross Store Explosion and Other Gas Ventings, Fairfax District, Los Angeles by Douglas H. Hamilton and Richard L. Meehan, in Engineering Geology Practice in Southern California, Association of Engineering Geologists, Special Publication No. 4, 1992. Despite its own initial interest in abandoned wells as a potential source of the gas and the mandated purpose ...
  • Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells Become Pollution Portals Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells Become Pollution Portals by Roberto Suro, May 3, 1992, The New York Times From the Louisiana bayous to the arid plains of Texas and Oklahoma, thousands of oil and gas wells, abandoned at the end of their productive life, have become conduits for noxious liquids that bubble up from deep below the earth’s ...
  • ABSTRACT: Cause of 1985 Ross Store Explosion and Other Gas Ventings ABSTRACT: Cause of 1985 Ross Store Explosion and Other Gas Ventings by Douglas H. Hamilton and Richard L. Meehan, Excerpt from: Engineering Geology Practice in Southern California, Association of Engineering Geologists, Special Publication No. 4, 1992. Late in the afternoon of March 24, 1985, methane gas that had been accumulating ignited in an auxiliary room of the Ross ...
  • Environmental hazards of urban oilfield operations Environmental hazards of urban oilfield operations Endres et al by Bernard Endres, George V. Chilingarian, and T.F. Yen, in Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 6 (1991) 95-106 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam One of the gravest dangers posed by urban oil-well drilling and production is the potential for explosive methane gas to migrate to the surface from several ...
  • Effective Hydraulic Fracturing Of The Lower Amaranth Formation In Southern Manitoba Effective Hydraulic Fracturing Of The Lower Amaranth Formation In Southern Manitoba by Kooyman, RW, MB Muir, RP Marcinew, K Bennaceur in Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology Vol 28, No. 5, Sept-Oct 1989. Paper No 89-05-05. Following the unsuccessful stimulation of several wells in the South Pierson field where hydraulic fractures propagated into the underlying water zone, a comprehensive re-evaluation ...
  • EPA Report to Congress: Management of Wastes from the Exploration, Development, and Production of Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Geothermal Energy EPA Report to Congress: Management of Wastes from the Exploration, Development, and Production of Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Geothermal Energy Volume 1 of 3 Oil and Gas, EPA/530-SW-88-003, December 1987. EPA report documenting groundwater and water well contamination from hydraulic fracturing.
  • 1985 Blast Shatters Store; 23 Hurt, LA Times 1985 Blast Shatters Store; 23 Hurt by George Ramos and Steve Harvey, March 25, 1985, Los Angeles Times Explosion May Be Tied to Abandoned Oil Field
  • Gas Explosion Shatters Fairfax Store; 23 Hurt Gas Explosion Shatters Fairfax Store; 23 Hurt by George Ramos and Steve Harvey, March 25, 1985, Los Angeles Times At least 23 people were injured and two others were reported missing Sunday when a mysterious gas explosion shattered walls and windows of a discount clothing store in the Fairfax District. Fires begun by the explosion continued to burn–and ...
  • Ground Rupture in the Baldwin Hills Ground Rupture in the Baldwin Hills, Injection of fluids into the ground for oil recovery and waste disposal triggers surface faulting by Douglas H. Hamilton and Richard L. Meehan, April 23, 1971, Science Vol 172, No 3981 Consequences of the disaster were minimal compared with what would have occurred had no warning been provided, but they included ...