Mountain View County councillors request well drilling information

MVC councillors request well drilling information by Dan Singleton, August 28, 2012, Mountain View Gazette
Mountain View councillors have passed a motion directing administration to provide an update on what fees the county is receiving for oil and gas drilling in the county. “It would be great to have that information and the sooner the better to help formulate our discussions with the province,” said Coun. Al Kemmere said during last week’s policies and priorities meeting. The county may bring someone in from the ERCB to speak to council about how licences are issued and how fees are calculated, council heard. Reeve Bruce Beattie called it a “significant issue because the province is talking about eliminating the well drilling tax which results in a significant amount of cash flow for our county and others, so we need to have that information. “We need to get this sorted out and we can’t make much of an argument unless we know exactly how this is being done.” Coun. Paddy Munro said he would like “clear details on the process for when they re-enter old wells. Every one of those old wells is virtually the same impact as a new well with the fracking process. I want absolute clarity on re-entering existing wells.”

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