Oil and Gas

Is the Sun Setting on Alberta's Conventional Oil and Gas Producers?

Alberta’s conventional oil and gas liabilities have been growing for decades with reported estimates ranging from $58 to $130 billion involving 450,000 oil and gas wells, 400,000 Km of pipelines, 1.

After the Sands. Energy and Ecological security for Canadians

Hailed as “a myth-destroying blockbuster book” by Ralph Nader, Gordon Laxer’s latest book, “After the Sands” outlines a vision and road map to transition Canada to a low- carbon society: a plan lacking within all of Canada’s major political parties.

"Refine it where you mine it" – Value added or risky business?

To quote from our new governments election platform, “we’ll reduce our province’s over-dependence on raw bitumen exports and create more jobs with more upgrading and processing here, rather than in Texas.

Contaminated Water from Fracking: Who are Responsible When Things Go Wrong?

The fossil fuel industry tout hydraulic fracturing, “fracking”, as a win-win, with slick promises of energy independence, greenhouse gas reduction, and benefits to local communities.

Does a Northern Gateway Pipeline Make Sense?

The Federal Government and Alberta’s Provincial Government are advocating that a new pipeline to the Pacific Ocean is essential to growth of the petroleum industry in Alberta.

Should a Moratorium and a Full Scale Environmental Assessment Precede Any Further Development Using Hydraulic Fracturing?

Special Session Nov 24th 7-9pm at PE 264 at the University of Lethbridge Much of the general public know little or nothing about Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking), an increasingly popular, but controversial technique of drilling for oil and natural gas.

Unconventional oil and gas - an opportunity for Canada?

A SACPA presentation in February introduced the issue of “hydraulic fracking” in the Lethbridge area. In particular, two oil companies have leased land on the Blood reserve and are exploring the use of hydraulic fracking to recover oil and gas from formations which underly Southern Alberta.

Hydraulic Fracking: What is it and is it blessing or disaster?

In recent months two commercial drilling firms have received permission to begin drilling for gas and oil on leases within the Blood Reserve in Southern Alberta.