LETHBRIDGE - Goldenkey Oil has started the public consultation phase of their project to
explore for oil within city limits.
The Penny Project would include two
surface wells in west Lethbridge with a total of three underground wells at a
depth of 1,700 meters.
Representative Tim Robillard says the impact on the land would "be minimal up
until the point when the city and/or developers come together and actually put
something in front of the city to develop that land. The nearest development we
see is slated for 2050 on the municipal development plan and discussions remain
ongoing with the city. There is something on the table that we're talking about
that allows us to get out of the way if that goes through."
Goldenkey is looking at a single stage frac for this project. Robillard says
that "means it is a one time event for each well, not a multi-stage hydraulic
fracture that you will see on very long horizontal legs. There are no horizontal
legs for these wells, they are solely directional wells with a single stage
Robillard adds "we're aware of proximity concerns, we're aware of safety
concerns, we're aware of other health related concerns, environmental concerns.
What we've done is started some mitigations and some planning around meeting the
interest inside of those concerns." He points to setbacks to limit
development in and around such a facility, as well as the creation of a site
specific emergency response plan when it's not required for this project.
Goldenkey will continue with the public consultation process, which will
include an open house later in October, and plans to file an application with
the Alberta Energy Regulator late this year or early next.