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1st May 2015
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 06:00 am
By: Dan Singleton


More than 60 people attended a panel discussion on water use in the oil and gas industry in the region sponsored by the Central Mountainview Advisory Group (CMAG).

Held at the Mountain View County office on April 16, the information session was part of CMAG’s spring information night and community barbecue.

The panel was made up of Mark Welty, business manager, engineering fluids with Secure Services, Keith Ryder, executive director of the Red Deer River Municipal Users Group (RDRMUG), and Nimo Aimo, with the Alberta Energy Regulator.
Welty outlined some of the current technology being used to treat fluid used in oilpatch activities and efforts to make the processes environmentally friendly.

Aimo spoke about the process companies go through to get temporary diversion licences (TDLs) for the use of water in drilling operations such as fracking.

Ryder explained that the RDRMUG’s overall goal is to ensure that communities along the Red Deer River have sufficient water for residents, businesses and other users.

CMAG is a synergy group formed in April 2005 to address public concerns with a rise in coal bed methane activities in the Olds area. The group now includes about 25 community members, oil and gas industry representatives, local government officials and others.

As well as providing information on oil and gas activities in the region through open houses, the group has also helped individuals with concerns about oilpatch activities and operations.

The group recently completed best management practices documents on land agents, surveyors, drilling and water use, Energy and Utility Board information, and pipelines.

The CMAG boundaries are Highway 766, Mountain View County boundaries on the east and south, and Highway 587 in the north.