Asked again later if residents could sway the process, Wortley said,
feel quite patronized at this point. This is southern lakes. Water is an issue. Caribou is an issue. This is supposed to be news? input could help officials redraw contentious land parcels, said Wortley.
Tagish residents vent oil and gas concerns
probably say, no, said Debra Wortley, an official with Yukon oil and gas branch. the process. If we can mitigate your concerns, we mitigate your concerns. going to happen anyway? asked Theo Stad, of Crag Lake.
minister doesn know who requested it, she said. do and my assistant does. That all. important to know the track record of the company seeking oil and gas rights, said Piper.
the biggest reason why I took this job is I don like to see that kind of thing happen, said Corbet.
to offend any miners here, but some of the stuff I seen as a result of mining makes me want to vomit, said Corbet.
It still early days in the push to pump more natural gas from the ground. If the Whitehorse Basin land dispositions are granted, companies would be Mbt Sandals invited to bid for the right to explore for resources.
not like we just let them loose, said Corbet. do inspections, all the time. and gas exploration would only affect of one per cent of the territory, said Corbet. have trouble seeing that as huge, he said, comparing the industry to forestry, farming and mining.
Others fretted that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it called, could contaminate community water supplies.
Corbet worked in the industry for several decades. seen a lot of people screw things up in a lot of places, he said.
runs amok in Alberta, said Corbet. Alberta, it possible to get away with things at times. I don like it. Alberta overwhelmed by development. Not so in the Yukon.
left with the mess. So knowing that information up front is somewhat important. Corbet tried to reassure the crowd. He the operations manager for the oil and gas branch and, as such, he able to shut down any operation that breaks the rules.
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Wortley offered to relay his concerns to the minister. That offered little comfort to Stad.
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you can do what you did with the Peel, he said, referring to this week announcement by Energy, Mines and Resources Minister Brad Cathers that he wants to allow development in much of the watershed.
still drinking out of the lake, said Mary Ann Lewis, of California Beach. accident can cause incredible damage to the drinking water of so many people. can imagine any tourists wanting to see oil drills, said Elke Huber, of Tagish.
When the operator trucked in oil based mudding, Corbet told them they have to later truck it out. And they complied.
There was considerable disillusionment among the more than 50 area residents who attended a meeting at the Tagish Community Centre put on by the Yukon government.
Take the Kotaneelee project, which has produced natural gas in the southeast corner of the Yukon for more than 20 years.
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This secrecy is required by the Yukon legislation, said Wortley. information isn released anywhere in Canada, she said.
it be stopped? Peter Huber, of Tagish, asked about the process that now underway.
jail, he said.
He saw the biggest messes made in poor countries with lax environmental laws, like Indonesia, Iraq and Peru.
don know. Piper, of Tagish, had trouble seeing the purpose of the meeting, given the limited amount of information at hand for residents.
not exactly like we run off our feet chasing drill rigs up here, said Corbet.
The identity of the company or companies seeking dispositions remains a secret for now. It only be revealed later, when companies bid for oil and gas rights.
To many, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that the government will grant oil and gas exploration rights to 12 proposed parcels of land in the Whitehorse Basin, which stretches from Carmacks to Carcross.
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