Just a Fracking Few and Rosebud, Not Our Problem, Alberta Environment Minister McQueen says no need for baseline water testing yet because “There have been very few wells” fracked

‘Just a Fracking Few’ and ‘Rosebud, Not Our Problem’ in Alberta Views, July/August 2013 Print Issue

2013 07 08 Alberta Views Dianna McQueen Just a Fracking Few

2013 07 08 Alberta Views Rosebud Not Our ProblemJust a Fracking Few is from the November 29, 2012 Alberta Hansard: Laurie Blakeman questions Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen on Groundwater and Hydraulic Fracturing, McQueen responds “That’s a silly question” when asked about baseline water testing before fracing

Alberta Environment Minister Dianna McQueen, November 29, 2012: There have been very few wells drilled in this province with hydraulic fracturing, and that’s why we’re taking the time with industry, with the regulator, ERCB, with the Department of Energy…to make sure that we get this right…. [Emphasis added]

[Reality check:

Map presented by the ERCB March 14, 2013 at “The Fracking Truth” Expert Panel in Calgary.

There’s been over 171,000 wells that have been hydraulically fractured in Alberta since the practice began in the 1950s, said ERCB’s (now AER) Bob Curran, December 20, 2012.

2010 Map Trident Exploration Corp presentation 2010, shallow frac'd CBM wells Horseshoe Canyon Play AB

Alberta Horseshoe Canyon coalbed methane wells by 2006 (each square = Township x Range = 6 x 6 miles). Conventional and other unconventional wells are not included on this map, nor are all CBM wells (the blue points to some of the contamination cases discussed in this brief). Adopted from Trident Exploration Corp: The Horseshoe Canyon Coals of Central Alberta – A Dry CBM Play

One of Trident’s Keys to production: “High rate N2 fracture of each seam” ]

Rosebud, Not Our Problem is from Andrew Nikiforuk’s article in The Tyee.ca, How Alberta Will Fight Fracking Folk Hero Jessica Ernst, In famous flaming water case, regulator to argue ‘no duty of care’ to landowners or groundwater

2005: Investigators say an accumulation of gases appears to have caused the explosion that destroyed the Rosebud water tower and sent a Wheatland County employee to hospital

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