LETHBRIDGE - The Community Issues Committee meeting on Urban Drilling is coming up on
The panel will include representatives from Alberta Energy, the
Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Health Services, University of Alberta, and
The panelists will start by making brief statements before
taking questions from members of City Council and then the audience.
Councillor Jeffrey Coffman says the meeting is not just about the proposed
Goldenkey project, but drilling within city limits in general.
The meeting takes place at the Yates Theatre on Monday at 7pm. Below is more detailed information on the panelists.
AND HOW MINERAL LEASES ARE AWARDED
Brenda Ponde is
the Executive Director of the Tenure Branch in Alberta Energy and leads the
management of petroleum and natural gas mineral rights for Alberta. Brenda has
over 35 years of experience in land tenure, an accumulation of working in the
Alberta Government, at a seismic consulting firm and in a land department for an
oil and gas exploration company. She appreciates the diversity her role provides
and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others seeking information
on Tenure in Alberta.
Dr. Douglas R.
Dr. Schmitt is the Canada Research Chair in Rock Physics at the
University of Alberta, a Professional Geophysicist registered under APEGA, and a
Professor of Geophysics and Physics at the U of A. His research interests span
rock properties, seismology, and crustal stress measurement. He has carried out
field studies in scientific drilling on five continents and led the team that
carried out the first microfrac stress measurement in Antarctica. Prior to
joining the U of A in 1989, he carried out postdoctoral research in the
geomechanics of hydraulic fracturing in the Dept. of Geophysics at Stanford
University (1987-88). He is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge (BSc in
Physics, 1980) and the Seismological Laboratory of the California Institute of
Technology (PhD, 1981-87).
REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AND PUBLIC
Bob Willard has had a long career with the
Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in areas of engineering, management and decision
making involving a full cross section of AER-mandated surface and sub-surface
responsibilities. Bob is a member of the AER core team for unconventional
resource framework and the joint ESRD /AER water management working team
addressing how we can best respond to the challenges of expanding unconventional
oil and gas development in Alberta. Throughout Bob’s career, he has supported
communicating Alberta-based oil and gas facts to Albertans, engagement
opportunities and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND JURISDICTION
Jeff Greene is
Director of Planning and Development for the City of Lethbridge and has a wide
array of planning experience in urban, suburban, regional and rural environments
over the past 23 years. Jeff is also an instructor in Planning at the University
of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge. Previously, Jeff has served as
Manager of Planning, Parks and Sustainable Development, for the City of Airdrie,
Development Officer for the City of Edmonton, Senior Planner for the City of St.
Albert and as a Regional Planner at Regional Planning Commissions in Alberta.
Jeff has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Royal Roads University
and a Masters in Regional Planning and Resource Development (MA) from the
University of Waterloo.
Brian Cornforth is
Chief of Fire and Emergency Services for the City of Lethbridge. Brian has broad
range of fire and ambulance experience gained from 29 years of emergency work in
Jasper, Coaldale, Airdrie and Lethbridge. Starting as a volunteer, he moved
through the ranks into his present position. Brian is responsible to ensure that
City of Lethbridge emergency planning is complete and that City resources are
prepared for any major emergency event. Brian is also the President of the
Alberta Fire Chiefs Association and works closely with Government of Alberta
Ministries responsible for community safety.
Dr. Vivien Suttorp, Medical Officer of Health for South
Zone - Alberta Health