Global Frac News

  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...