Clive Mountford from NAL Resources suggested that there are minimal risks to groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing operations because of depth of oil/gas operations of some 2000 meters as compared to ground water wells at depths of 100 meters or less. He did however, acknowledge that interwell communications are a problem, with old wells in the area of fracking operations: 5 incidents have been reported to the ERCB lately, who has issued a directive to oil producers to sharpen up on pre-frack planning
Christa Seaman from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (who is also an employee of Shell) explained the role of her organization and acknowledged a comment from the audience claiming that a number of producers are not members of CAPP.
As a long serving employee of the ERCB, Bob Willard assured the audience that his agency keeps track of all oil and gas wells in Alberta, going right back to the 1950ies.
Questions and answers - Clive Mountford, Christa Seaman and Bob Willard respond the concerns from the audience at the SPOG community meeting.
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