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
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
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