News Release 2011-03-09


News Release 2011-03-09

News Release 2011-03-09 (NR2011-08)

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ERCB approves Shell Waterton gas well but denies pipeline applications

For immediate release

Calgary, Alberta (Mar 09, 2011)… The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has issued , which approves, with conditions, Shell Canada applications to drill a sour gas well in the Waterton area and amend its licence to add a fuel-gas compressor. The ERCB has denied applications for a fuel gas pipeline, a production pipeline, and a gas battery.

The hearing panel determined that it is in the public interest to drill the well, noting that it will provide valuable data about the nature of the resource in this area. In addition, the well will require a small amount of new disturbance as it utilizes some existing infrastructure.

The ERCB imposed four conditions on the approvals, directing Shell to conduct an emergency response planning exercise, monitor traffic and control dust on a nearby road, and submit plans for any well testing to the ERCB for approval. The ERCB also noted 14 commitments made by Shell during the course of the hearing, and made 12 recommendations to the company.

The ERCB has denied applications for a gas battery, a fuel gas pipeline, and a production pipeline. The panel was not prepared to grant these applications given the information provided at the hearing pertaining to the need for Shell to improve its operating practices in the area.

The ERCB held a hearing in Pincher Creek from October 19 to November 1, 2010 to consider Shell’s applications. ERCB hearings are formal, quasi-judicial proceedings during which evidence is given and cross-examination and argument takes place. Hearings allow public testing of all technical, environmental, socioeconomic, and other relevant evidence.

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For more information, please contact:

Bob Curran, ERCB Communications
Phone: 403-297-3392
Media line: 1-855-474-6356