LETHBRIDGE: If there was any question about the depth of concern over potential oil
drilling in West Lethbridge, it was swept aside Tuesday night. Over 300 people
turned out for an information session at G.S. Lakie school.
In the words of one attendee, "The first one (community meeting) I went to
had about 30, so big boom in interest".
GoldenKey Oil is expected to make an application for the project in west
Lethbridge soon and fracking could begin as early as April.
A local group dubbed "No Drilling Lethbridge", has banded together and
launched a web site to keep residents informed and help them present their
concerns about fracking within city limits.
In an interview with Country 95 last week, Dave McCaffrey with www.nodrillinglethbridge.ca explained
the site allows people to sign a petition, gives advise on contacting elected
officials, and points people towards the Alberta Energy Regulator, as well as
encouraging them to fill out a statement of concern, which is the most effective
way to prevent the fracking project from going forward.
McCaffrey feels the project would be a bad deal for Lethbridge. He says "one
of the main concerns is property values. Numberous studies show that residential
property values within a four kilometer radius of sour wells like this can drop
by as much as 16 per cent. That encompasses most of the westside of Lethbridge
and of course if all of those houses take a hit in property value the whole city
could be affected."
Before Tuesday night's community session, the group had 2000 signatures on
its petition and wants to do a door-to-door canvas of the entire West Lethbridge
area to gather more. They need additional volunteers to accomplish the task.
If you can help, check out the 'petition' section on the 'No Drilling'
At its meeting on January 6th, City Council decided to use an upcoming
community issues meeting to further examine urban oil and gas
drilling. The meeting is designed to provide more information about plans
by GoldenKey Oil to drill three exploratory oil wells in west Lethbridge and
will be held in West Lethbridge during an evening to allow as many interested
residents as possible to attend. However, a date has not yet been worked