Guest Speaker Sheri Somerville

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Bernard Cormier presenting Sheri with the Rotary 4-way test pin

Guest Speaker: Sheri Somerville, Natural Gas Advisor, NB, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, CAPP

Sheri provided the Petroleum Producers perspective of Fracking in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick requirements very stringent, e.g. a closed system for all fracturing materials required (Water, Propane, Sand compose 89.5 % Chemicals 1.5%, industry to provide lists of chemicals, chemicals approved by Gov’t agencies). Key points, usually gas at 2,000 to 4,000 meters; aquifers at 500 meters, with reinforced casings through the aquifer zone little chance of contamination. Waste water treated to drinking water quality. Fracturing uses a horizontal drilling, greatly reducing number of surface well heads. Gas produced by fracturing in the Sussex area has been occurring for about 10 years with no major incidents.

CAPP detailed information on fracking@: http://www.capp.ca/canadaIndustry/naturalGas/ShaleGas/Pages/default.aspx