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

[email protected]

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

[email protected]

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

[email protected]

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.”

Hydraulic fracturing: 50 years of success in Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan’s deputy minister of Energy and Resources, Kent Campbell, wrote an open letter to the StarPhoenix newspaper to convey his vision of oil and gas development in the province. More specifically, the minister explains clearly what hydraulic fracturing is all about, both concerning the procedure and its challenges.

Reading Deputy Minister Kent helps us to better understand this technology. We learn, for example, that Saskatchewan has had a long history of oil and gas development. The deputy minister backs up his comments with the expertise developed in Saskatchewan, enabling him to affirm that, without question, it is possible to ensure that these resources are developed responsibly.

We invite you to read the entire article here, but also wish to draw your attention to the record of this technology in Saskatchewan:

While use of this technology has increased, it has been applied safely in Saskatchewan for more than 50 years on roughly 33,500 oil and gas wells. It is the combined technologies of horizontal drilling and fracking that have unlocked the energy riches of the renowned Bakken in southeast Saskatchewan - a formation that otherwise would have gone largely undeveloped.

Bakken is now recognized as one of the largest remaining conventional oil pools in North America. Technologies such as fracking are important to the future growth and development of Saskatchewan’s oil and gas sector, which currently accounts for about 20 per cent of provincial gross domestic product and provides jobs for more than 32,000 people.


Fracking has been safely applied in oil and gas operations in Saskatchewan for decades.

The comprehensive regulatory system we have in place ensures that the practice helps us continue to realize significant economic benefits from our oil and gas industry while we maximize environmental protection.

Chrysler to Shift to Natural Gas


This past November, QOGA wrote twice (here and here) about the move by major car manufacturers toward natural gas. We wanted to inform our readers that several car companies now see natural gas as being part of the transition to more environmentally-friendly motorized transport.

The reason is simple: the use of natural gas in motor vehicles not only offers excellent technical and environmental performance, but is also highly economical.

We invite you to read the following article which appeared in the Quebec media announcing that Chrysler is now offering vehicles with engines that use natural gas.

According to the article, the environmental performance of this technology is very impressive, including a 25 percent reduction in pollution compared to regular gasoline. This is significant when one considers that the main source of greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec is cars running on gasoline and diesel.

According to the inventory published on November 4, 2011, by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP), the transport sector is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases (43.5%). Next is industry (28%), heating buildings (14%), agriculture (7.9%) and waste (5.9%).

The presence of natural gas in the Quebec car fleet would allow Quebec to improve its environmental performance, which in turn would help to reach its Kyoto targets.

QOGA welcomes the publication of new operating principles for hydraulic fracturing


January 30, 2012 — The Quebec Oil and Gas Association (QOGA) today welcomed the publication of operating practices for hydraulic fracturing by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

“QOGA salutes CAPP for establishing these best practices for industry. These commitments demonstrate the seriousness and rigor with which industry takes the development of our natural gas potential. Industry is constantly striving to meet the population’s expectations with regard to this important energy source,” said Stéphane Gosselin, Director General of QOGA.

QOGA will use CAPP’s principles as an important reference in establishing its own rules to ensure a safe and responsible development of Quebec’s natural gas potential.

“Quebecers must be reassured that we are listening to their concerns. We want to maintain a mutual dialogue between citizens and industry. This dialogue must be open and transparent. Today’s announcement on fracturing fluid disclosure is an example of this,” said Mr. Gosselin.

Members of QOGA value and encourage initiatives of openness and transparency in developing the natural gas industry. QOGA salutes the work of its Canadian counterpart.

Click here for a copy of “Hydraulic Fracturing Operating Practices” from CAPP.

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