Alberta's Petroleum Industry and Conservation Board by David Breen

By David Breen

This e-book is the showpiece of the historical past venture. It information the Board's early years, describes occasions, explains why they occurred, and introduces us to a number of the personalities who made them take place. Dr. Breen has hired his exacting criteria for precise study and research in getting ready this paintings, and he has written it in a method that informs whereas it keeps our curiosity. For this, the Board is grateful. certain thank you also are because of these contributors, basically former Board employees individuals, who committed a lot time and a spotlight to the gathering and synthesis of the mass of knowledge. This booklet bargains with the 1st 20 years of the Board's heritage. The efforts of Dr. Breen and his examine assistants depart a list that would facilitate extra targeted research and severe written works at the Board's later background.

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F. Knode, a petroleum engineer who had experience with the equivalent Texas agency, the Texas Railroad Commission, as chairman for its newly formed Conservation Board. E. Allen, another American petroleum engineer. Allen's advanced thoughts on petroleum conservation had been published in various technical journals,24 and he brought with him senior-level administrative experience gained in the service of the produceroperated conservation authority in California. Almost immediately after setting up its Petroleum and Natural Gas Conservation Board, the Government of Alberta appointed a royal commission, popularly known as the McGillivray Commission, after its chairman the Honourable Mr.

These rules describe the manner in which wellbores are to be lined and, when wells are abandoned, how the borehole is to be plugged and the site rehabilitated. The regulations are intended to prevent damage to reservoirs and contamination of fresh groundwater, surface water and soil. Worker and public safety is also a consideration. Conservation boards, or an appropriate government department, are usually given the responsibility for creating and enforcing such requirements, and do so through regulations, permits and field inspections.

Appreciation of expanding petroleum production in the state was recognized by the creation of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 1907, which was charged with responsibility for certain oil and gas matters. Development of the vast Glenn pool immediately put the state and its new Commission to the test. This pool covered a large area and its wells were big producers of high-grade oil. The oil produced was soon far in excess of what the market could absorb or what could be transported by existing facilities.

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