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Fact finding trip to Canada useful

15 Feb 2012

Fact finding trip to Canada useful

Council’s environmental services manager has returned from a short visit to Canada to assess oil and gas exploration and production activities, including the practice of fracking (fracturing oil bearing rock strata at depth).

Trevor Freeman visited Canada with Bryce Lawrence from Hawkes Bay Regional Council. The purpose of the trip was to up skill staff about new approaches to oil and gas exploration so they can offer impartial, well informed advice to councillors and decision makers on resource consent applications.

Requests for meetings and site visits were coordinated primarily by the organisations that regulate oil and gas exploration in British Columbia and Alberta. Apache, a partner in the proposed well drilling activities on the East Coast of the North Island, was able to show aspects of their Canadian operations on the last day. Mr Freeman's will report on the trip to Council’s Environment and Policy Committee on 14 March 2010.