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LETHBRIDGE:  Another step has been taken in hosting an independent panel of specialists to discuss the impact of urban oil and gas drilling on the city's west side.

 

City Council has adopted a format for the upcoming community issues session and has directed that it needs to be held no later than February 24th. The time and location for the meeting, as well as panel members will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

 

Council has chosen to host an independent panel of specialists in several areas including: industry process and regulation, health and safety, the municipality and drilling. It was decided not to invite GoldenKey Oil.

According to Councillor Jeff Coffman, “Hosting the Community Issues Committee meeting in this format will focus the discussion where it needs to be - on the broader issue of the consequences of urban oil and gas drilling - rather than on a specific project."

 

Mayor Chris Spearman noted, "Representatives of GoldenKey Oil have indicated a desire to address City Council about their proposed drilling project, and they still have the opportunity to do so at a regular Council meeting. I hope they will do so.”

 

While GoldenKey Oil has secured mineral rights from Alberta Energy in an undeveloped southwest section of the city, it still needs approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator to drill three exploratory oil wells. The City has no legal authority to prevent drilling activity within city limits but, has formally opposed urban drilling.



Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 4/20/2014 5:04:27 PM
Source: Dori Modney (On Twitter - Dori_Modney) -- Country 95 News
 
 
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