Public hearing to begin October 6 for proposed EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development project

    OTTAWA and CALGARY, Sept. 19 /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 issued the schedule for the public hearing to begin on
October 6, 2008 in Calgary and to continue in Medicine Hat. The hearing is
expected to take place over a period of approximately 3 to 4 weeks.
    The formal public hearing will be held in Calgary and conducted in
accordance with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) Rules of
Practice. The Panel has also implemented an informal hearing procedure to
enable individuals or groups who may not be able to participate for the
duration of the formal hearing to have an opportunity to offer their views on
the project and ask questions of the proponent and other interveners. The
procedures for the conduct of the hearing for both types of sessions are
available on the Panel's web site at The hearing
schedule is as follows:

    Calgary                               Medicine Hat

    Energy Resources Conservation Board   Medicine Hat Lodge Saamis D Room,
    Govier Hall, 640 - 5th Avenue SW      1051 Ross Glen Drive SE

    Formal proceedings
    - October 6 to 10, 2008 / 08:30
    - October 14, 2008 / 14:00
    - October 15 to 17, 2008 / 08:30
    - October 22 to 24, 2008 / 08:30

    Informal proceedings                  Informal proceedings
    - October 18, 2008 (Saturday)         - October 20, 2008 (Monday)
      09:00 to 12:00 & 13:30 to 16:30       13:00 to 17:00 and 19:00 to 22:00

    Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings. Persons who did
not register in advance but register just prior to or during an informal
hearing session may still have an opportunity to address the Panel if time
    An audio recording as well as transcripts of the proceedings will be
available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at, under registry # 05-05-15620. Submissions received
throughout the review process, along with additional information on this
project are also available on the above 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.
    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: Lucille Jamault, Senior Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0434

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