Complaints prompts well tests

Complaints prompts well tests by Mary MacArthur, May 10, 2007, The Western Producer
Alberta Environment officials have taken samples from wells after Shawn and Ronalie Campbell complained at a recent news conference the government has done little to help find out how gas contaminated their water well. Andrew Horton, an Alberta Environment spokesperson, said the government hopes tests of gas and water wells last week near the Ponoka-area farm will isolate the cause of the contaminated drinking water. “We’re taking this very seriously,” said Horton. “Hopefully we will get this resolved soon.” Ronalie Campbell said four companies have already sampled water from their well since it became contaminated 18 months ago and have identified methane, ethane, propane, butane and pentane in their drinking water. The explosive gases have been identified as coming from deep production gas zones. … “We were never included in the loop,” she said. “We’re victims in this situation and we’re the last ones to get any information.” Ronalie said they hope the latest tests will lead the government to provide safe drinking water for their home and their cattle. “We want to know if they plan on taking any positive action to provide us with safe drinking water,” said Ronalie. Horton said between Jan. 1, 2004, and April 10, 2007, the environment department received 177 complaints of ground water problems.

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