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Disowning contamination

Read more...Reclamation efforts after the frac are now top of mind for executives who don't want to end up owning contamination

"I find it hard to believe that it's often a problem," retired geologist Philip Coleman says. "Well fracturing was old news back in 1977. We did thousands of fractures, and this was in Medicine Hat, Alta., country, so they were all related to shallow gas. We fracked wells. They were only 400–600 metres in depth, but below freshwater aquifers. To my knowledge, we never, ever created a problem."

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Five-year plan

Read more...The Alberta regulator takes aim at a growing backlog of inactive wells. Again.

For the second time in a decade, the Alberta oil and gas regulator is getting serious about the growing population of inactive wells. In 2004, the province rolled out Directive 013, redefining how industry managed its 45,000 or so suspended wells. It expected to take two years to achieve compliance on wayward licensees and ensure all inactive wells were suspended safely and didn't pose environmental risks.

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Grand challenge

Read more...Alberta's Grand Challenge seeks to turn wasteful carbon emissions into a valuable resource

The saying that one person's waste is another's treasure goes back a long way. Alberta's quasi-independent Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC)—established by the government but funded by imposing a $15-per-tonne charge on the 105 largest emitters for their CO2 emissions—turned it into science. They did so by asking for ways to commercially use CO2 as a resource, then funding a global competition to look for answers.

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Secret formula

Read more...New proppant transport technology offers production gains, lower costs

In June, when one of North America's largest unconventional oil and gas producers released results at a technical conference showing that a new technology had led to production increases of up to 25 per cent from wells it fracked in the Mississippian Lime Formation, producers took notice.

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Forging partnerships

Read more...Alberta Enterprise Group to host a delegation of Atlantic Canadian metal working firms

Alberta Enterprise Group (AEG) will be forging partnerships with Atlantic Canadian business leaders in Calgary and Edmonton from September 9-11th.

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Speed bumps

Read more...In an effort to create improved caribou habitat, Cenovus-COSIA project is altering 'wolf highways'

Caribou are a symbol of Canada's northern forests, but their populations are under threat for a number of reasons. Other kinds of ungulate—white-tailed deer, for example—are migrating into their habitat. This attracts wolves that, by increasing in population and range, have become a greater threat to these iconic mammals.

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Reclaiming the land

Read more...Major oilsands players are making strides in dealing with troublesome bitumen tailings

To a large degree because of its agricultural roots, Alberta's concern about the soil goes far back.

The province's first effort to conserve its soil dates back to 1928 with The Noxious Weed Act. In 1935 came The Control of Soil Drifting Act in response to Depression-era drought, which damaged agriculture throughout North America's Great Interior Basin. That act mandated that the occupier of the land was responsible for preventing soil drifting. It was adequate for the time, when the province was poor and there was little industry.

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