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Documents On The CAPP/ERCB/SRD Fracking Relationship

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Documents On the Relationship Between CAPP/ERCB/ Sustainable Resources Developement

 

What are these documents?

These documents are based on a meeting between officials with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Canadian Society for Unconventional Gas (CSUG) and officials from several government ministries, including Environment, Energy, Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), as well as the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB).

The documents include excerpts of an email, meeting agenda and meeting minutes with high-level government officials from CAPP, the CSUG, the ERCB and the ministries listed above.

A copy of the documents can be found here.

What do these documents show?

1) As of June 2011, despite billions of dollars in Crown land lease sales and massive controversies in other jurisdictions, the government had no plan to talk to Albertans about shale gas and water use

"… DoE does not have any *programs+ underway that are directly linked with the fracturing and water use communications that are going to be the focus of this meeting."

Doug Bowes, Director of Unconventional Gas, Department of Energy,

June 8, 2011, e-mail to senior government officials

2) CAPP pushed the Alberta government to develop a public communications plan focused on shale gas fracturing and water use

"As you recall, CAPP contacted ENV to request a meeting with ENV, the ERCB, SRD and the DoE to discuss CAPP’s desire to strike a committee to develop a public communications strategy focused on fracturing and water use associated with shale gas development."

Doug Bowes, Director of Unconventional Gas, Department of Energy,

June 8, 2011, e-mail to senior government officials

3) The government agreed with CAPP and directed several ministries and the ERCB to take follow CAPP’s lead and develop a plan to shape public perception on shale gas and water use

"We met with CAPP & CSUG back on June 9th to discuss CAPP’s request for a joint committee to develop a communications strategy to enhance communications with the public, mainly on water use and hydraulic fracturing concerns associated with shale gas development."

Doug Bowes, Director of Unconventional Gas, Department of Energy,

July 19th, 2011 meeting minutes Backgrounder – Shale Gas Development Page 2

4) The government’s willingness to hide its plan to shape and change public perception along with the energy industry

"Joint communications strategy (ERCB to lead in response to this item?)

Although a common technical understanding and common background communication documents are of value it is also important for GOA and industry to prepare and deliver separate public communications initiatives."

"Shale Gas Discussion" June 9, 2011 meeting notes

5) The supposed independence of the ERCB is seriously undermined with its involvement in the development of a plan to shape and change public perceptions on shale gas and water use

"Joint communications strategy. We are proposing that the ERCB can deliver a positive response to the establishment of a committee for this purpose within the following context:

The ERCB would lead this effort although DoE, ENV & SRD would also be engaged

The committee will develop similar language and terminology for use by CAPP/CSUG and GoA/ERCB when discussion/communicating with each other and the public on shale gas issues/operations to improve public understanding and knowledge (prevent/limit unnecessary confusion)"

Doug Bowes, Director of Unconventional Gas, Department of Energy,

June 8, 2011, email to senior government officials

Who’s who in these documents?

 

 

The documents show discussions amongst senior-level government and industry officials to develop a plan to shape public perceptions of shale gas development and water use. These officials include but are not limited to the following: Doug Bowes – Energy

Director of Unconventional Gas

Matthew Foss – Energy

Associate Branch Head

Audrey Murray – Energy

Environment and Resource Services

Sharla Rauschning – Energy

Executive Director of Resource Development

Jennifer Steber – Energy

Assistant Deputy Minister, Resource Development Policy Division

Ernie Hui – Environment

Deputy Minister

Ross Nairne – Environment

Former Head of Groundwater Policy within the Water Policy Branch, now the Exec. Dir. of OH&S Policy and Program with Human Services

Glen Selland - SRD

Assistant Deputy Minister

Jeff Reynolds – SRD

Executive Director, Land Management Branch

David Pryce – CAPP

VP Operations

Brad Herald – CAPP

Manager of BC Operations

Tara Payment - CAPP

Manager of Water and Reclamation

Kevin Heffernan – CSUG (aka CSUR)

Vice President



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