Beware of False Comparisons


The article by Jessica Nadeau published in the January 26, 2012 edition of La Presse mentions the existence of some 600 abandoned wells (natural gas, oil or brine) in Quebec that have been closed or abandoned for several years. This list includes wells that were drilled in the 19th century.

QOGA wishes to clarify that the wells mentioned in the article, both in their design and in the way they are regulated, are not related to the exploration and development of shale gas. It is important to recall that between 2006 and 2010, members of QOGA drilled 29 wells in their efforts to explore for shale gas in Quebec and that these 29 wells are still under their control and are rigorously monitored.

The exploration and development of shale gas are based on techniques and technologies that have been proven in other Canadian provinces and in the United States. No comparison can be made between these wells and those drilled in the 19th century.

QOGA has always supported the implementation of a rigorous and modern regulatory regime. QOGA members make no compromises when it comes to the safety of citizens and the environment.