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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' website.

 

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 out.

 



Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4/16/2014 3:07:35 PM
Source: Dori Modney (On Twitter - Dori_Modney) -- Country 95 News Photo from nodrillinglethbridge.ca shows where the wells will be located
 
 
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