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Slide 1Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Shane Simpson MLA Vancouver – Hastings NDP Environment.

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1 Slide 1Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Shane Simpson MLA Vancouver – Hastings NDP Environment Critic Arthur Caldicott Introduction John Horgan MLA Malahat – Juan de Fuca NDP Energy Critic Todd Butler Coalbed Methane Song

2 Slide 2Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Coalbed methane is also known as CBM Coalbed gas CBG Natural gas from coal

3 Slide 3Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Water removal It requires many wells to efficiently dewater coal Typical project: 100 – 300 – 600 wells

4 Slide 4Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Inside a coalbed methane well Infrastructure per well: Water pipeline Gas pipeline Road Power

5 Slide 5Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Production curve Local construction activity is in first year or two Most work is done by mobile, non-local crews

6 Slide 6Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 CBM well sites & production field

7 Slide 7Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Encana pilot project in East Kootenay

8 Slide 8Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Bubbling methane Common where there are other wells and intrusions into or near a dewatered coalfield Compressor station

9 Slide 9Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Coalbed methane Royalty Regime landowners may negotiate access fee First Nations may negotiate small revenue sharing (eg. 1%)

10 Slide 10Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Drilling rights and tenures Rights sales notices posted monthly Completed a month later Highest bidder wins Many sales made to purchasing agents Title searches required to discover true owner No filters for reputation, financial stability, or professional competence

11 Slide 11Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Cumulative impacts assessments & Baseline studies Inadequate or non-existent No environmental assessment required Oversight & permits from Oil and Gas Commission – whose mandate is to foster development

12 Slide 12Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Whats in it for my community? Direct revenue Spin off construction $ Short term jobs Long term employment Environmental Water Aesthetic None Hotels, restaurants, bars See above, construction Handful of jobs Unavoidable impacts Increased risks Unavoidable impacts

13 Slide 13Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 La Plata County Impact Study primary economic impact to county is revenue from CBM well production sales. NOT IN B.C.! little impact to employment, per capita income, population, or housing. properties with a CBM well located on them … have had a net reduction in sales value of 22% Alberta study found 10% reduction in property values

14 Slide 14Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Priority Ventures flares up & out 2001/02: Drilling on outskirts of Courtenay May 2002: Well flared briefly for reporters, then capped Oct 2002: Trading suspended & company later delisted Mar 2004: BC Securities Commission forced company president to resign, for Securities Act violations

15 Slide 15Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 SLAPP happy – come & gone Spiro Vassilopoulos is the V in VWVulcan Energy of Canada, Ltd.

16 Slide 16Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 RDCS/UBCM resolution Regional District Comox Strathcona asked for halt to further activities, recognizing issues with: produced water baseline studies and appropriate regulations, etc. consultation with landowners, communities, First Nations Approved September 2003 by Union of BC Municipalities

17 Slide 17Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Communities calling for a halt Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District Princeton Fernie Iskut Smithers & Telkwa Peace River RD Hudsons Hope Hat Creek First Nations & ranchers Comox Strathcona RD Union of BC Municipalities, Sept 2003

18 Slide 18Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Coalbed methane distribution 90 tcf

19 Slide 19Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Watersheds define the natural ecology most vulnerable to coalbed methane activity coal sub-basins are named after the dominant rivers in each watershed

20 Slide 20Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Three reasons why coalbed methane may heat up on Vancouver Island 2007 Throne Speech and Energy Plan Produced water reinjection requirement Best practices statement signalled renewed push by BC government

21 Slide 21Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Quinsam & West Fraser Own considerable coal rights on Vancouver Island Have P&NG rights acquisition agreement with BC government Agreements expire end of 2008

22 Slide 22Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Snuneymuxw & Chemainus First Nations Homalco, Chemainus & Snunymuxw FNs formed partnership with Akita Drilling of Calgary Nautsamawt Tribal Council (NmTC) sees coalbed methane as economic opportunity Toured coalbed methane project in Alberta in 2006 hosted by NmTC, Akita & Quicksilver Resources

23 Slide 23Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Concerns with coalbed methane development on Vancouver Island Water and watershed impacts Land values Fish habitat Agriculture, tourism, retirement in-migration

24 Slide 24Coalbed Methane on Vancouver Island Courtenay, March 2007 Thank-you Copies of this slideshow available from Comox NDP bcharlton@shaw.ca or download from http://tinyurl.com/yvjrxm (Please note, this file is 4.65 MB – quite large – and you must have PowerPoint installed on your computer to run it.)


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