groundwater protection

Groundwater wells in the Lochend area are, on average, 45 meters below the surface, while the wells drilled to capture sweet oil in the Cardium geological formation are over two kilometers underground. All of the LIPG member company’s wells are equipped with both surface casing and production casing, which are cemented in place, preventing any fluids, including completion, hydraulic fracturing, or production fluids from coming to the surface on the outside of the casing.

There is no evidence that hydraulic fracturing is related to water contamination, with over 171,000 wells fraced in the last 60 years and not one confirmed case by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) of fracing causing fresh water contamination.

The testing and reporting of the integrity of groundwater isolation is a mandatory requirement of the AER and is conducted on all wells prior to completion operations commencing. In the rare event that a leak is discovered, it would be immediately addressed, as required by AER regulations.

water usage

The LIPG member companies source or purchase bulk water for several processes involving the extraction of oil and gas, including hydraulic fracing. The purchase of water from Cochrane’s bulk water station amounts to less than 1% of Cochrane’s total sales. Cochrane water is used only as a secondary source when excess water identified by Rocky View County is not accessible.

The LIPG’s first priority is to use excess fresh water from locations that have been identified by landowners or recommended by Rocky View County. All extractions of water from these sources require a permit.

LIPG member companies follow the policies and processes set out by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) and hold temporary water diversion permits for places such as Cochrane Lakes, Church Ranches Estates, Dogpound Creek, area dugouts and road ditches or gravel pits. We consult Rocky View County to identify areas where there may be excess surface water.

On several occasions, the LIPG member companies have assisted communities by pumping off excess surface water that has threatened flooding of nearby homes.