SPOG’s 2013 plans include spring exercise by Patricia Riley, January 1, 2013, Mountain View Gazette
The Sundre Petroleum Operators Group (SPOG) [Synergy Alberta member and promoter] has outlined some of its plans for the new year, including a spring mutual aid exercise and an education session about flaring at an environment committee Learn at Supper event in April, says executive director Tracey McCrimmon. … “Certainly those plans include our ability to participate in whatever pipeline review the province does in light of the Plains incident,” said McCrimmon. Hundreds of thousands of litres of sour crude oil spilled from a Plains Midstream pipeline into the Red Deer River downstream of Sundre in June 2012. There are three “working groups” within SPOG, representing mutual aid, environment and community affairs. All three groups expect to be active in 2013, she said. In the new year SPOG will finish its multi-stage hydraulic fraction proactive engagement process, aimed at formulating a non-binding best practices document for fracking in the region, she said. … The mutual aid group will be working on an updated emergency response protocol, which outlines response procedures that member companies follow when an incident is called into SPOG’s 24-hour emergency line (1-800-567-0818). She explained that there will be a mutual aid exercise held in the Sundre area sometime in May or June. Theme of the 16th annual Neighbours Day in September 2013 will be ‘My Backyard’. Neighbours Day is an annual community event held to share information about oil and gas activities with residents in the SPOG area.
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Slides from Chapter on Synergy Alberta Ernst Presentation to Eagle Hill Alberta, March 15, 2012