Review panel issues procedures and details for public hearings to be held in March 2008 for proposed Encana shallow gas infill development project



    OTTAWA and CALGARY, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Joint Panel reviewing the
proposed EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development project and EUB Application
No. 1435831 for three well licenses in the Suffield National Wildlife Area in
Alberta, today announced that a public hearing will begin on March 10, 2008 in
Calgary at the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), formerly the EUB.
The hearing will continue in Medicine Hat on March 25 and is expected to take
place over a period of approximately 3 to 4 weeks.
    The public hearing will give interested individuals and organizations the
opportunity to hear about the project and its consequences and to provide
their views to the Panel. The hearing will also allow the proponent to present
the project and to offer clarifying information as required.
    The formal public hearing will be held in Calgary and conducted in
accordance with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) Rules of
Practice. For individuals and groups who may not be able to participate for
the duration of the formal hearing, the Panel will implement an informal
hearing procedure for these interveners. The Panel has scheduled these
informal sessions in both Calgary and Medicine Hat. Hearing procedures for
both types of sessions are available at www.SuffieldReview.ca .

    The hearing schedule is as follows:

    
    Calgary                              Medicine Hat
    Energy Resources Conservation Board  Travelodge Hotel Medicine Hat
    Govier Hall, 640 - 5th Avenue SW     Kodiak Room, 1100 Redcliff Drive SW

    Formal proceedings                   Informal proceedings
    - March 10 to March 20, 2008 /       - beginning March 25, 2008 /
      08:30 am                             13:00 to 16:30 & 19:00 to 22:00
    - to resume following the Medicine
      Hat proceedings                    Note: The number of hearing sessions
                                         will be adjusted in accordance with
    Informal proceedings                 the number of interveners who will
    - March 13, 2008 / 19:00 to 22:00    register for the proceedings.
    - March 15, 2008 (Saturday) /
      09:00 to 12:00 & 13:30 to 16:30

    Interveners are asked to register with the Panel secretariat and file a
submission on or before February 18, 2008. Send one electronic version or
paper copy of your written submission to the person listed below. Submissions
will be made available on the public registry for the project. To register as
an intervener to file a written submission, or obtain further information
contact:

    Jeff Davis, Panel Analyst, Joint Review Panel Secretariat
    Place Bell Canada, 22nd Floor , 160 Elgin, Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 613- 948-1362 / Fax: 613-957-0941
    E-mail: comments@SuffieldReview.ca

    Public information sessions will be held to provide interveners an
opportunity to ask questions and receive information on the hearing
procedures.

    Information sessions will be held in Calgary and Medicine Hat as follows:

    Calgary                              Medicine Hat
    Energy Resources Conservation Board  Travelodge Hotel Medicine Hat
    Govier Hall, 640 - 5th Avenue SW     Kodiak Room, 1100 Redcliff Drive SW

    Public information Session           Public information Session
    - January 29th, 2008 / 5:00 pm       - January 30th, 2008 / 5:00 pm
    

    The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), EUB Application No. 1435831,
the procedures for the conduct of the hearing, along with more information on
this project are available on the Panel's web site at www.SuffieldReview.ca or
on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca ,
under registry No. 05-05-15620. In addition, an audio recording of the
hearing's daily proceedings will be available on the Agency web site.
    EnCana Corporation proposes to drill, over a three-year period, up to
1275 new shallow gas wells within the boundary of the Canadian Forces Base
Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA), located in Southeastern Alberta,
approximately 50 km Northwest of Medicine Hat and 250 km Southeast of Calgary.
The project is in addition to the existing natural gas development activities
within the NWA and includes the physical works and the activities associated
with the construction, operation, decommissioning, abandonment and reclamation
of the shallow gas wells, pipelines, and supporting infrastructure.
    EnCana Corporation has also applied pursuant to section 2.020 of the Oil
and Gas Conservation Regulations for licenses to drill three wells at surface
locations in Legal Subdivision (LSD) 11, Section 28, Township 15, Range 6,
West of the 4th Meridian, LSD 13-28-15-6W4M, and LSD 15-28-15-6W4M in the NWA.
The purpose of the proposed wells would be to obtain gas production from the
Milk River formation, Medicine Hat sands, and Second White Speckled shale. The
proposed wells would not contain hydrogen sulphide.
    The Joint Review Panel for the EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development
Project is an independent body, mandated by the federal Minister of the
Environment and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board to assess the
environmental effects of the proposed project.




For further information:

For further information: Media may contact: Lucille Jamault, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0434


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