Bernum drilling application denied

The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has denied applications by Bernum Petroleum Ltd. to drill two horizontal oil wells and construct a multiwell battery approximately 4.7 kilometres east of Cochrane, it was announced Apr. 4

The ERCB said it denied the battery application on the basis that it would be economic to conserve gas and therefore flaring would not be allowed as per ERCB regulations. The well applications were denied for this location as it could not accommodate the company’s future development plans. The Board found that alternative locations exist in this area that could be developed in accordance with regulations and accommodate the applied-for and future wells.

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St. Albert residents sitting on abandoned oil and gas wells

Several St. Albert residents whose properties are on or near and abandoned oil and gas wells have been contacted by Imperial Oil about tests to be done on their land.

The oil company and Coun. Cam MacKay say the tests are strictly precautionary and that homeowners have no reason to fear for their health or property values.

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