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Speech by Lucien Bouchard to the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ)


On Friday, September 30, 2011, the president of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association, Lucien Bouchard, delivered a speech at the annual conference of the FCCQ in Victoriaville. To learn more about the vision of QOGA on the importance of developing the natural gas industry in Quebec, you can view the full speech entitled “Natural Gas: Where Are We?” by clicking here (in French only).

QOGA Applauds Release of New Guiding Principles for Hydraulic Fracturing


The Quebec Oil and Gas Association (QOGA) today welcomed the release of “Guiding Principles for Hydraulic Fracturing” by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), said Stéphane Gosselin, QOGA’s executive director.

“QOGA supports CAPP’s proactive step of compiling these industry guidelines. The commitments demonstrate the openness QOGA values and encourages,” said Mr. Gosselin. “CAPP’s guidelines will influence our own, made-in-Quebec principles for industry in the coming months.”

“Quebecers should rest assured that we are listening to their concerns and want a two-way dialogue between citizens and industry,” Mr. Gosselin added. “QOGA’s members support disclosure of fracturing fluids and water usage and are committed to operating in an environmentally safe manner. These principles are in-line with the kind of commitment that QOGA will make to ensure that future development is done responsibly and with the highest standards of safety.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Marie-Claude Johnson of HATLEY Strategy Advisors at (514) 316-7086.

A copy of the Guiding Principles for Hydraulic Fracturing can be found by clicking here.


QOGA Annual Conference


The Annual Conference of QOGA will take place from October 23 to 25, 2011 at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. To learn more or to register, email or phone 1-877-461-1205.

Shale gas as polluting as coal and oil? Be serious!


A study conducted by Professor Robert Howarth of Cornell University in New York State tries to demonstrate that shale gas generates as much greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as coal, oil, or conventional gas.

Unfortunately, this study is based on a false premise, as the author does not use generally accepted parameters, including by the United Nations, to determine global warming potential (GWP). This comparison index quantifies the marginal contribution of GHGs to global warming, compared to that of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The author of the study draws conclusions based on analysis of the effect of methane over 20 years, while recognized scientific experts believe that assessments should rather be determined over a 100 year horizon. In addition, the author and his team recognize having used preliminary data that are incomplete and whose reliability could be questionable.

The latter also commit the sin of oversimplification in asserting that between 3.6 and 7.9% of total well production escapes into the atmosphere. To arrive at this figure, they subtract the volume of gas delivered from the volume of gas produced and argue that the difference is a loss. However, this conclusion is wrong because it ignores certain known practices, for example: 1) some gases are liquefied (butane, propane) and sold separately; and 2) some compressors along a pipeline are connected directly to the latter due to the lack of electrical power sources.

An American scientist sets the record straight about hydraulic fracturing


In a recent article, the daily Times Union reports that one of New York state’s top scientific experts has found no case of hydraulic fracturing leading to groundwater contamination. As a specialist on the underground features of New York, Taury Smith has been studying hydro-fracking practices for the past three years.

“Those are exaggerated problems; each incident wasn’t the result of hydro-fracking. There were incidents of groundwater contamination near frack sites, but they were unrelated,” Mr Smith said.

Former New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alexander “Pete” Grannis said he agrees with Smith that the dangers of fracking are overblown.

Taury Smith said that allowing fracking would result in a huge boost for New York job creation and for income and business tax revenues.

Hydraulic fracturing in the shale gas industry: a group of independent experts spotlights Louisiana’s good practices


Last week, the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER), published a report on its examination of government programs that regulate hydraulic fracturing used in shale gas well drilling. The organization concluded that Louisiana and its regulatory bodies stood out for their well-managed programs across the entire state.

Louisiana joins a list of states whose work has already been singled out by STRONGER, including Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

STRONGER is a nonprofit organization that brings together key industry stakeholders, federal agencies such as the United States Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, and environmental groups like the Oil and Gas Accountability Project.

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Natural gas now a better alternative


New York Times journalist and energy specialist, Jad Mouawad, stated in a recent article that the current energy context favours the use of natural gas. In effect, the stability of its pricing and the diversification of its sources – notably through shale gas development – plays in its favour.

Growing preoccupations regarding nuclear energy, the moratorium on development in the Gulf of Mexico following the oil spill of 2010, and the environmental record of coal power plants currently make natural gas the energy source with the best potential for growth.

According to Mouawad, with world energy demand expected to continue to grow in the next decades, analysts expect a new boom in gas consumption. He quotes Lawrence J. Goldstein, an economist at the Energy Policy Research Foundation as saying that “at the end of the day, when you look at the risk-reward equation, natural gas comes out as a winner. It’s a technical knockout.”

The complete article is available on the New York Times website.

QOGA welcomes the BAPE report on the sustainable development of the shale gas industry


Yesterday, our president, Lucien Bouchard, made public the oil and gas industry’s reaction to the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) report on the sustainable development of the shale gas industry in Quebec.

“The recommendations pave the way for a thoughtful and prudent approach that will reassure Quebecers regarding the possibility and desirability of developing the province’s gas resources responsibly,” said Me Lucien Bouchard, president of the QOGA board of directors.

“The government has our support to quickly put in place the measures required to conduct a thorough study and promote an informed debate regarding the collective decisions to be made. Association members wish to make it clear that they will take an active role. Together with all Quebecers, they believe that development of gas resources is not possible unless it serves the public interest.”

You can view the press release issued by QOGA online.

A copy of Mr. Bouchard’s speech is available in French on our website.

An independent expert approves of the controlled development of shale gas


In an article posted on the website of the TV channel Argent on February 28, 2011, Pierre-Olivier Pineau, a professor at HEC Montréal and an expert on sustainable development issues, is reported to state that in his opinion, the shale gas industry has been “unfairly demonized,” and BAPE should give a conditional green light to development of this resource.

Pineau is opposed to the moratorium, believing that shale gas mining is feasible, so long as regulations are enforced.

The article also reports that Pineau feels it would be a mistake to pass up the opportunity presented by this type of energy when public finances are being weakened by an aging population. While he doesn’t agree with those who describe it as a cash pipeline, Pineau believes the industry could provide $200 million a year to the government in royalties in addition to the creation of new jobs and the indirect returns from exploration and mining.