By Letter to the Editor on February 27, 2019.
Been there, done that.
For a number of years I was employed as a driller by Precision Drilling Co. and drilled many wells seeking oil and gas deposits in southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
For over 60 years there have been many gas wells drilled in west Lethbridge and not one disaster.
As the city and areas grow, it is prudent to drill more gas wells in the present gas field and close enough to the existing wells to tie into the existing gas line grid feeding every building in Lethbridge and area.
To ban the drilling of future gas wells in our backyard, then please, whose backyard are we going to drill them in?
I wrote letters to the Herald in support of the Keystone project and suggested busing school children to the well site to witness a drilling rig in operation, the very life blood of this province, but to no avail.
Then the gangs showed up – the No Drill gang, the U of L gang, the school board gang and the city hall gang and they all had one thing in common: they didn’t have a clue.
They all predicted gloom and doom, fearmongering about earthquakes, wild wells spewing toxic gas and mass evacuations of pumpjacks.
Then bingo, a drilling rig showed up, drilled a gas well and the gangs are all scratching their heads and wondering what just happened, or what didn’t happen – no earthquake, no spewing toxic gas, just peace and quiet.
It’s time we appreciated that we are sitting on a vast natural gas field that will keep our houses warm and cozy till hell freezes over, which might not be that far off.
P.S. I have seen no evidence of hydraulic fracking and I suggest it’s another scare tactic.