Goldenkey CFO regarding Lethbridge Penny Project: “We’ve heard many things and we may give up this one” and suggested frac waste water injection nothing to worry about even though it has been proven to cause damaging earthquakes

Goldenkey’s stalled plan in Lethbridge affects the Pincher Creek Landfill by Greg Cowan, March 28, 2014, Pincher Creek Echo
Goldenkey Oil’s application to the Alberta Energy Regulator to drill three exploratory holes in Lethbridge has been put on hold until the province unveils its new urban drilling policy. The news affects Pincher Creek residents as Goldenkey planned to dispose of operational wastewater at the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill. Goldenkey’s plan is described at “There is an existing and approved water disposal facility in Pincher Creek. Tervita is the operator of this facility and Goldenkey currently plans on properly disposing of the water at this facility to ensure compliance with regulations.”

Now, the future of Goldenkey’s project is uncertain.

“We are currently waiting with this one,” said Qiping Men, Goldenkey’s CFO according to “We’ve heard many things and we may give up this one.”

The project has been under heavy scrutiny. An 11,000-signature petition was gathered by the organization No Drilling Lethbridge and was tabled in the Alberta Legislature.

Should the project go forward, Men suggested the wastewater disposal in Pincher Creek is nothing to worry about. [What about the many earthquakes caused by frac waste water injection, many damaging private homes and property, damage that companies refuse to be held accountable for? And where will the golden penny project dump it’s drilling waste? Emphasis added]

[Refer also to:

North Dakota frac’d Bakken radioactive oilfield waste spilling out of trailers parked on rural land near Watford City: When the filter socks are “that orange color, we know they’re hot”

March 29, 2014: Seismologist: Fracking Injection Wells Linked to Earthquakes

March 27, 2104: Fracking’s Earthquake Risks Push States to Collaborate

March 11, 2014: Oil, gas wastewater disposal causes cascade of Oklahoma quakes- USGS

March 7, 2014: Wastewater Injection Triggered Oklahoma’s Earthquake Cascade

January 31, 2014: Swarms of Earthquakes Shake Up Shale Gas and Oil Fields

At these depths the waste fluids can destabilize and lubricate natural faults beyond their tipping point. While extracting oil and gas, the petroleum industry yearly produces between 15 to 20 billion barrels of highly toxic wastewater contaminated with salt, heavy metals hydrocarbons and radioactive material. … Industry injects most of this toxic brew back underground. But the fracking industry has exponentially increased the amount of toxic water needing disposal. …

Alberta has nearly 2,000 injection well sites and Oklahoma, which experienced a record 2,600 quakes last year, is home to 5,000 injection sites. As of 2007, B.C. employed more than 100 wastewater wells in its gas fields. Many of continent’s more than 680,000 injection and disposal wells have sprung leaks or have fractured into aquifers.

In particular, clusters of tremors have increased in areas of ramped-up tight oil activity and multi-stage hydraulic fracking, such as Brazeau County and Del Bonita near the Montana border.

Landowners have also reported structural damage from tremors in Cochrane, Ponoka and Strathmore, where intense fracking has taken place. As a consequence, the government of Alberta quietly issued controls on fracking around critical infrastructure and imposed severe restrictions on activity near the Brazeau Dam after lobbying by TransAlta pressed for tighter regulations last year. [Emphasis added]

January 22, 2014: ‘Frackquakes,’ Texans Demand Halt On Wastewater Injection Well

2013: Fracking’s Latest Scandal? Earthquake Swarms

how fracking causes earthquakes

Illustration: Leanne Kroll. Animation: Brett Brownell

Fracking suspended after earthquakes rock Ohio

August 27, 2013: Insight: Arkansas lawsuits test fracking wastewater link to quakes

March 26, 2013: Wastewater Injection Spurred Biggest Earthquake Yet, Says Study

USGS Study Connects Earthquake Risk To Wastewater Injection, Fracking Advocates say, “Who Cares?”

Is Saskatchewan and North Dakota Bakken Oil safe enough for the Greater Toronto Area? [What about Alberta Bakken at Lethbridge?] Cenovus Bakken Oil’s flammability is Level 4, highest level there is

Bakken Oil MSDS 

2013 08 14 MSDS Cenovus Bakken Crude w Benzene H2S Will ignite at normal temperatures AVOID INHALATION

2013 08 14 MSDS Cenovus Bakken Crude w Benzene H2S More flammable than gasoline

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