Shale gas – Officials will visit Alberta translation by Amie du Richelieu of Gaz de schiste: des intervenants visiteront l’Alberta de Sébastien Lacroix Publié le 16 juillet 2014 dans Le Courrier Sud
A dozen people from the business circle, lay persons and elected municipal officials will go to Alberta from July 21 to 23 to learn a bit more about hydrocarbon development.
The Mayor of Manseau, Guy St-Pierre, and of Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford, Louis Martel, will be part of this tour organized by the Association québécoise des fournisseurs de services pétroliers et gaziers (AFSPG – Quebec association of oil and gas service suppliers).
On the first 2 trips, mostly farmers were members of the Tour. “Even some opponents had come”, mentions Mario Lévesque, the president of the AFSPG. They could ask any question they wanted. It will be the same this time also. They will get all the answers to their questions.”
The Tour includes meetings with farmers, with companies that do fracking, businessmen, and regulatory groups that have been put in place to oversee the development of this file.
An experimental farm belonging to the University of Calgary and that has a shale gas well close by is also among the places they will visit.
The AFSPG thinks that after nearly 80 years of expertise in the oil and gas field, Alberta is a model to follow when it comes to develop hydrocarbons, unlike Pennsylvania. “There are plenty of differences between those two, be it about processes or rules that are much more soft”, explains Mario Lévesque.
The president does admit though that caution is needed for safe development. “Alberta farmers tell us so. It is not all black, nor is it all rosy, or all white”, he says. Good common sense is needed to develop the industry, but it is a lie to say that it is a free-for-all.”
“I am of those that take the side of development in Quebec. I believe that it is possible to develop this file with strict standards”, adds Mario Lévesque. Strict rules are necessary to prevent small companies that do not have the (financial) means to do it. They use short cuts and that it is when it gets dangerous.”
“You can drill with $700,000, but when you use triple casings, it can easily cost up to $10 million, says the AFSPG president. It has to be well done by serious companies that have the financial means to do it.” [Emphasis added]
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November 2013: Paul Precht, Alberta energy economist speaks contrary to the data; Questerre Energy tries to reverse public opinion on hydraulic fracturing in Quebec, CEO Michael Binnion’s work may have only just begun
Kim Cornelissen’s retort to Michael Binnion of Questerre Energy:
Every time he opens his mouth, Mike insults us. Probably without even realizing it. This time, it’s claiming that us people all have a welfare dependence when it comes to equalization. He doesn’t care that we want to preserve our environment, that we don’t want to become a petro state. Mike, let me tell you a little secret: we absolutely don’t want to become like Alberta.
… He doesn’t care that we don’t want to drill up our countryside and lose the precious water that is getting rarer for the past few years. [Emphasis added]
To make a complaint against Canada under NAFTA, a company must have a corporate structure in the United States or Mexico. For its part, Lone Pine is headquartered in Calgary and conducts substantially all of its activities, but is officially registered in Delaware. The company is also listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and Toronto. The Receptionist ensures that the company “has no office in the United States.” “We have a mailing address there for legal reasons, but we do not take calls,” says Shane Abel, Vice President, Investor Relations at Lone Pine
Quebec’s new natural-resources minister, Martine Ouellet, says she doesn’t believe the controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale, known as “fracking,” can ever be done safely. She made the remarks Thursday on her way into her first cabinet meeting, less than 24 hours after she was named to cabinet. “I don’t foresee a day when there will be technology that will allow safe exploitation (of shale gas),” [Emphasis added]
The trip was sponsored in part by the Quebec association, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Questerre Energy, which has leases on about 350,000 acres in Quebec.
This week’s tour was largely dismissed as “propaganda” back in Quebec. Mr. Gauthier said he felt the same way before he was invited to join the tour and “more [so] now.”
The Rosemary area is not the best showcase for the safety of fracking practices, since it largely hosts older, conventionally drilled wells. … On Wednesday, the group meets with quasi-government organizations including the Energy Resources Conservation Board. Ms. Favreau said she has “never really heard any horror stories” about Alberta’s natural gas industry, but wondered if it was because there was nothing to hear or that problems are being concealed. Water is her focus. “If it is a concern, if there are any problems; and when there is an incident, how it is taken care of by the companies, by the farmers themselves, by the insurance companies or the governments?” Ms. Favreau asked. … The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the major oil and gas lobby group, also helped over the cost of the trip.