Reporter was right to say opposing group wastwisting the conclusion of a scientific report

MONTRÉAL, Wednesday January 23rd 2019 –  The Quebec Oil and Gas Association (QOGA) welcomes the decision given on Monday by the Quebec Press Council (Conseil de Presse), who says a reporter from Le Soleil newspaper was right when he said in 2017 that opposing group Regroupement Vigilance Hydrocarbures Québec twisted the conclusion of an INRS scientific report stating that fracking is not a threat to underground water.

In its Checking the Facts ( « Vérification faite » ) column, reporter Jean-François Cliche wrote that the opposing group was quoting parts of the report out of context. Even worse, the reporter was saying parts of the report before and after were contradicting the group’s interpretation.

« We are happy to see an authority like the Quebec Press Council confirm what is obvious, that the opposing groups only want to hear what they want, to the point where they will twist a scientific report », said QOGA spokesperson Eric Tetrault. « And the will to go to the Quebec Press Council shows they are ready to do everything to prevent what should remain a democratic debate in Quebec ».

QOGA is pointing out recent polls that say Quebeckers are largely in favor of local hydrocarbons, contrary to what the opposing groups are saying. An IPSOS poll released in June 2018 confirms that 60% prefer local natural gas production to import. A Léger poll recently released suggests they largely prefer Canadian oil to foreign oil.

« Opposing groups have derailed the conversation for many years, to the point where social acceptability may seem difficult to get from the authorities point of view. What we know now is citizens do not share the opponents points of view ».

The Quebec producers are inviting the opponents to a real debate on hydrocarbon production, one where science will prevail. As an example, they are reminding them that by opposing local natural gas production they are encouraging Quebec to cause real damage to the environment, as this scenario creates 330% more emissions on the planet.

Quebec government gives the first authorization certificate for fracking in Quebec


Québec city, Thursday, June 16, 2016– Quebec Oil and Gas Association (QOGA) is pleased to announce that the Quebec government, for the first time, gave a certificate of authorization for fracking yesterday. The certificate allows for three hydraulic fracking procedures on Anticosti Island. The project of Hydrocarbures Anticosti is the first oil and gas project to go through this complete environmental approval process in Quebec. Our association is very satisfied that it was successful.

Quebec Oil and Gas Association Chairman Michael Binnion notes that, “This is a hard-fought victory for the industry in the province. Many years of advocacy have paid off and we see this as a significant step forward for oil and gas development in Quebec”.

QOGA has promoted best practices in hydraulic fracking for a long time. We believe that when best practices are used, and with adequate oversight, this technology respects the environment and allows to explore for new oil and gas plays, and produce efficiently new discoveries. We encourage all our members that frack to do it safely, in compliance with all Quebec laws and regulations.

The process has been used tens of thousands of times elsewhere in the world, notably in the United States where it allowed the country to operate a true energy revolution in the last ten years. Countless studies in the US have time and again said that fracking is safe, when done safely. Our association is happy that Quebec has allowed it here, and we hope it will, in term, help Quebec close the gap on its 12 billion dollars hydrocarbon import problem.


About QOGA

QOGA has been created to promote a dialogue on a potential new industry for Quebec: the oil and gas industry. Quebec energy resources can be produced in a safe way that respects the environment in order to contribute to the province general economic development. Our goal is to demonstrate shared interests and mutual benefits that all Quebeckers and our members can get from local production.

QOGA comments on the new hydrocarbon Bill in Quebec


Québec, Tuesday, June 7, 2016– Quebec Oil and Gas Association (QOGA) welcomes the new hydrocarbon act presented today by Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. “It is time that Quebec had its own hydrocarbon act to govern best practices for modern oil and gas projects.”, said Michael Binnion, QOGA’s president.

“It’s been a long time coming and this law is the result of much effort by many people. After three strategic environmental assessments, two public audiences by the independent BAPE, a new energy policy with wide public consultation and a green book on social license, the new Bill represents the first legislative step in setting the new rules for the industry in Quebec.

Of course, the Bill that will implement the new energy policy is about more than just hydrocarbons. It’s important we consider the best role local production can play in a better balanced Quebec energy diet.

“Quebec imports over 12 billion dollars of oil and gas every year. It is Quebec’s largest import and the hydrocarbon import problem is a serious economic issue.  The new Energy Policy tackles this issue head on and recognized that local production can help with the challenge to address it”, said Michael Binnion. We think local production helps reduce global emissions while ensuring jobs producing oil and gas are Quebec jobs using the best practices to respect the environment.

QOGA also acknowledge the presentation, on the same day, of the modernization of the environment quality law (Bill 102). We are satisfied that the government seems to be willing to put in place a stable framework for natural resource development. “To effectively reduce our carbon footprint, it is important to evaluate the whole production, transportation and usage from the well to the burner tip. Each hydrocarbon source used in Quebec must be evaluated the same way and based on the same criteria”, concluded QOGA’s President.

Documents presented today are of course too voluminous for us to be able to make a thorough assessment in such a short term. Our Association will take the necessary time to analyze the legislative propositions before communicating their strengths and weaknesses. We will fully participate in parliamentary commission and make recommendations to elected members on those occasions, in order for them to take the best possible decisions for Quebec’s development. We will also use other platform to promote “made-in Quebec” solutions to reduce our dependency to oil and natural gas imports.

About QOGA

QOGA has been created to promote a dialogue on a potential new industry for Quebec: the oil and gas industry. Quebec energy resources can be produced in a safe way that respects the environment in order to contribute to the province general economic development. Our goal is to demonstrate shared interests and mutual benefits that all Quebeckers and our members can get from local production.


The Quebec Oil and Gas Association announces new Public Affairs and Communications Director


Quebec City, Monday May 11th 2015 – The Quebec Oil and Gas Association (QOGA) is pleased to announce today that David B. Lefebvre will serve as its Public Affairs and Communications Director, starting immediately. The decision was approved this morning by the Executive Board of QOGA this morning. On top of his duties, the Director will also act as spokeperson for the Association.

Mr. Lefebvre has worked in public affairs for a number of years, and he also acquired a very complete expertise in communications and public relations during his career. Well aware of Quebec’s economic realities, his addition to QOGA is an important acquisition for the Association. His knowledge of the business circles, associative life, and of the media made him a well-qualified candidate for this job.

« As all of Quebec is now interested in hydrocarbon exploration and production, it’s more than ever time to unite all forces towards local production of oil and gas in Quebec. Political forces, business and the civil society are mobilizing in the current debate. Mr. Lefebvre will help insure that our members are well represented, and that we are able to promote a responsible way forward for our industry » said Michael Binnion, President of QOGA.

Founded in 2009, QOGA’s mission is to continue to expand an oil and gas industry that will be able to provide important benefits, especially for Quebec’s regions. QOGA represents, and promotes, the interests of a responsible and environmental caring industry that wants to contribute to the diversification of energy supplies in Quebec. Its members have the purpose to develop Quebec’s energy resources and favour its economic development.


Source : Quebec Oil and Gas Association

For questions and inquiries :

David B. Lefebvre

418 261-2941

QOGA Conference will be held on November 8 and 9 2015


The dates are set! Add our great conference to your agenda! The debate rages on in Quebec and the province is once again front and center for our industry’s future. See you in Montreal in November.

Horizon 2016: Invitation to QOGA’s 6th annual conference


Horizon 2016 : the 6th edition of QOGA’s conference will be held on November 2nd and 3rd

Montréal, August 14 2014 – Quebec Oil and gas Association (QOGA) is proud to announce that its 6th annual conference will be held on November 2nd and 3rd, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montreal. The event, which is a  must-attend for the industry, will put together economic and political leaders of Quebec, as well as oil and gas businesses that work on the field to make a real difference. Under the banner “Horizon 2016”, the conference wants to show that Quebec’s oil and gas industry is ready to take the next steps.

In that respect, we are now able to present the speakers that have already confirmed their participation. Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural resources will speak at the prestige luncheon. Françoise Bertrand, President of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, will speak to attendees during the opening breakfast. Pierre-Olivier Pineau, leader of the Energy Management Chair at HEC Montreal will, for his part, talk about the economic perspectives of the industry in Quebec.  Chris Tucker, team leader at Energy in Depth will present a recap about gaz production in the US.

Of course, the conference doesn’t forget scientific and technical presentations. On top of having with us all the corporations that do real production work in Quebec, the conference will welcome professor Zhuoheng Chen of the Canada Geological Commission. We will also have speakers from Baker Hughes and Golder Associates.

« Because of our program, I am convinced that the 6th edition of the conference will be a great success. Our burgeoning industry in growing fast in Quebec and the November event will be the best time to put all the important leaders that can make a difference in making thins even better » said Michael Binnion, President of QOGA.

The final program will be released in early September. Speakers will be added to our Website as soon as we have confirmation of their participation.



QOGA was created to facilitate exchanges about the oil and gas industry in Quebec. To get a hold on us via Twitter Twitter, follow the @APGQ_officiel. You can also get to know us with our Web site at

SOURCE : Quebec Oil and Gas Association (QOGA


For information :

David B. Lefebvre

Communications Director

418 261-2941

Top Halliburton executive sips fracking fluid with colleagues in industry show stunt


«Top Halliburton executive sips fracking fluid with colleagues in industry show stunt»

Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post

Industry executives were in for an unusual treat during a luncheon presentation at the annual Quebec Oil and Gas Association this week in Montreal. Apart from his power-point slides, Halliburton Canada vice-president John Gorman’s served up samples of frack fluid in champagne bottles, encouraging his audience to take a swig of his company’s CleanStim blend.

“It was absolutely the first time I drank fracking fluid — you can be sure of that,” said Michael Binnion, President of QOGA and CEO of Questerre Energy Corp. a couple of days after Monday’s event, noting that 20 to 25 executives drank the brew. “I feel fine. There was quite a build-up, but it was a bit of a let-down as it was less viscous than I thought it would be, but more viscous than water. And very stale-tasting.”

Mr. Gorman, who drank the frack juice as well, said he was trying to make a point. “We were trying to show that whenever the oil and gas industry is shown a challenge, we view it as an opportunity to find solutions. And in this case, we only had to replace very few chemicals with some food additives.”

It’s not the first time Halliburton — one of the world’s largest oil services companies and a hydraulic fracturing pioneer — has pulled a frack-fluid-sipping stunt. In 2011, the company’s CEO Dave Lesar asked one of his executives to take a sip of the fluid during a presentation in front of industry executives. Critics wondered why the CEO did not drink it himself.


We invite you to read the entire article here

« The hydrocarbon sector, an interesting opening from the Government »


« The hydrocarbon sector, an interesting opening from the Government »

Michael Binnion, president of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association

Quebec, QC, October 9th 2013 – The Oil and Gas Association of Quebec (QOGA) welcomes the announcement yesterday by the Government in regards to hydrocarbon development. In particular, the goal of greater energy independence without losing respect for the environment.

Hydrocarbon imports supply the majority of Quebec’s energy needs. The annual bill for hydrocarbon imports is equal to the budget for education for the entire province of Quebec. The Government has recognized that importing hydrocarbons means exporting money, exporting high quality jobs and exporting control over the environmental impacts. The solution is in a better balanced energy diet and greater energy independence. The Association is excited to cooperate and support the Government’s goals in these areas.

“As we approach the 5th Annual QOGA Conference, we are pleased to note that these statements echo the various topics that will be addressed at our event. The conference is a must attend event for anyone who wishes to learn about the projects being discussed by the Government. QOGA believes it is important to understand both the discovered and the undiscovered hydrocarbon potential of the province. We will also have experts speaking on the Norwegian and Alberta Government royalty models. In addition experts will talk about the new technologies that improve protection for the environment. Quebecers need this information so they can make an informed decision over their energy future” said the President of QOGA, Michael Binnion

The Quebec Oil and Gas Association believes that future exploitation of hydrocarbons in Quebec will be important to economic development, create more jobs and provide stability in Quebec energy supply. QOGA was created to encourage dialogue about the potential of a new oil and gas industry in Quebec.

The Association will hold its 5th Annual Conference on October 27th and 28th at the Sheraton Montreal Centre. For more information, please visit our website at the following address:

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Source :

Marie-Chantal Domingue

418 261-2941

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New study : “no evidence” between hydraulic fracturing and water contamination


As noted in the Journal de Montréal in recent days, a new study from the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, entitled “Fact-based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development,” has found “no evidence” of hydraulic fracturing leading to groundwater contamination.

The authors noted that reports of contamination sometimes occur due to poor cement casing and spills at a drill site – issues unrelated to fracking.

The new study was presented last week in Vancouver.  It is just the latest report to show that hydraulic fracturing, when conducted safely an in a well-regulated environment, does not contaminate ground water.

The authors of the study also stated that developing natural gas is “essential to the energy security of the US and the world.”

QOGA invites you to read this important study by clicking here.

The Japanese crisis and natural gas


Mari Iwata’s article in the February 13, 2012 edition of the Wall Street Journal offers an interesting account of the energy situation in Japan.

Japan’s energy situation has gone through a complete metamorphosis since the tragic events associated with the 2011 earthquake. These events have caused significant collateral damage to the nuclear industry in the country: only 3 of 54 Japanese nuclear power plants are now in operation. The scenario of a Summer 2012 without nuclear power is now a real possibility. The nuclear sector provides 30% of the country’s electricity annually.

The nuclear crisis leaves Japan in a difficult situation. To meet these challenges, Japan is turning increasingly towards natural gas, a resource Japan itself produces only in small amounts – less than 4% of the gas used in the country is from Japanese sources.

The Wall Street Journal points out that Japanese demand for natural gas is reviving the natural gas market. This is visible on several fronts, including the announcement of huge gas development projects and by Japanese economic indicators. In 2011 alone, gas imports increased by billions of dollars.

The Japanese have chosen to turn to natural gas for many reasons, but mainly because, according to the article, “Japanese users see natural gas as cleaner than coal, less expensive than oil and more readily available than sun or wind power.”

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