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LETHBRIDGE - The Community Issues Committee meeting on Urban Drilling is coming up on Monday.

The panel will include representatives from Alberta Energy, the Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Health Services, University of Alberta, and the City.


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.


Brenda Ponde

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. Schmitt

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).


Bob Willard

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.


Jeff Greene

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

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

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4/17/2014 3:34:03 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News
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