Fire on water

Fire on water by Katie Lister, August 6, 2008, BC Living
British Columbia may have nothing to brag about when it comes to water, but Alberta, it seems, is taking it to a whole new level … Jessica lives near EnCana, one of the leading companies in the recovery of oilsands bitumen. Recently, Jessica had tests done on her well: they revealed high levels of methane, ethane and various other fossil fuels. Really, though, that’s just scientist-talk: when your dogs won’t drink the water—and you can, you know, light it—not much further testing is necessary. A provincial report on Jessica’s dog-snubbed water concluded that the gas there was occurring naturally and had nothing to do with her neighbours at EnCana. Regardless, Jessica asked Gywn Morgan, the erstwhile CEO of EnCana, to come to Rosebud and check out the gases. She’s still waiting for a response to her invitation. Anyone perform the Bic lighter test on Vancouver’s water recently? [Emphasis added]

[Refer also to:

Alberta Environment/Energy Resources Conservation Board Response to the Report “Potential for Gas Migration Due to Coalbed Methane Development”
The report concludes that gas migration due to natural pathways is unlikely to occur for the areas of active or anticipated CBM development…. It also highlights the potential higher risk for gas migration where there are very shallow coals…. ]

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