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  • 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
  • 2004: Encana CEO Gwyn Morgan pushes federal gov’t to deregulate; Natural gas has become a ‘manufacturing operation’
    Encana CEO Gwyn Morgan pushes federal gov’t to deregulate; Natural gas has become a ‘manufacturing operation’ by Paul Haavardsrud, Dec 3, 2004, Calgary Herald
  • 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 ...
  • 2002: Encana gives $4 million to Canadian Centre for Energy Information (created by CAPP & SEPAC); RBC Capital Markets, Merrill Lynch, CIBC World Markets & Credit Suisse First Boston – the four financial advisors involved in creation of EnCana through merger of PanCanadian and Alberta Energy Company – give $500,000. The Centre quickly received endorsement from Premiers Ralph Klein of Alberta and Gordon Campbell of BC.
    Canadian Centre for Energy Information gets $4 million boost from EnCana Corporation Press Release by Encana, April 23, 2002, updated April 16, 2003 UPDATE April 16, 2003 The Canadian Centre for Energy Information’s web site has been launched. The Canadian Centre for Energy Information is committed to becoming THE credible and convenient source of comprehensive information ...
  • 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 ...