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					Oil and Gas Drilling at
     Lake Ainslie

     An Introduction
      Who is drilling at Lake
• Petroworth Resources of Toronto holds the oil/gas
  development rights to 383,000 acres of land in Cape
  Breton called the “Ainslie Block,” shown here in red.
       Who is drilling at Lake
It takes many partners to make Petroworth’s work possible…

• Petroworth is in the business of “acquisition and exploration.”
  They work in “advantageous agreements” with other
  companies, so information on their partnerships are subject to
  change. For the Lake Ainslie site:
• Petroworth has commissioned a drilling rig from Nabors
  Drilling of Calgary.
• Canadian Petroleum Engineering of Calgary will be
  operating the rig.
• Petroworth hired Antigonish geoscientist (WG Shaw and
  Associates) to conduct assessment of the site’s underlying
  oil and gas formations.
• Petroworth entered a Surface Lease Agreement with a
  landowner in West Lake Ainslie.
Source: Petroworth Resources, as of Oct.2011
The Nabors Rig
What are they drilling for?
• Petroworth has declared that they are aiming for
  oil,some 1,200 -1,500 meters (3,900-4,900 feet)
  below the surface in a sandstone/conglomerate
  geological feature called the Creignish formation.
• Petroworth has announced their intention to drill
  a deeper second exploratory hole somewhere in
  the Strathlorne formation. It is a shale formation.
• Note: Scientists used the words ‘Strathlorne’ and
  ‘Creignish’ to name underground geological
  formations. They do not refer to the places,
  Strathlorne or Creignish.
Sources: Cape Breton Post/KMKNO Final Report
Where are they drilling?

                            320 -400 feet from
                            Receptor Stream,
                            less than 2000 feet
                            from the lakeshore

    First star: MacIsaac Point Site
    Second Star: Historic Petroleum Sites of interest in Mabou area
    Sources: KMKNO Final Report, Petroworth Resources
  Where are they drilling?
• The MacIsaac Point drilling site is:
   – Across the lake from MacKinnon’s Campground and
     Trout River Provincial Park, both of which include
     recreational beaches. Trout River also has Special
     Places Act designation for its ecological significance.
   – Just down the road from businesses like the Tulloch
     Inn and Nowen Cottages.
   – Near to sensitive bogs, fens and swamps like the areas
     near Claverhouse to the south and The Pond to the
  Source: NS Environment
   When are they drilling?

• Petroworth expects it will begin
  its work at West Lake Ainslie in
  mid to late November.
• A second exploratory hole is
  planned to be drilled at an
  undisclosed date.
 Sources: Petroworth Resources, Chronicle-Herald
What type of well are they


 Sources: PA DEP, NS Energy
             Why should you be
• Health Risks
   – Potential drinking water contamination
   – Drilling and fracking fluids contain chemicals…
        • Common chemicals and additives generally used in
          drilling and fracking fluid include fossil fuels, brines,
          lubricants, rust preventers, bactericides, detergents, anti-
          freeze, acids, and potassium chloride.
        • Some of these chemicals are carcinogens, nerve toxins,
          hormone disruptors, irritants…
        • We know Petroworth’s drilling fluid mixture contains:
          combustibles, digestive irritants, nerve toxins, eye and
          skin irritants, respiratory irritants, and carcinogens…
 Sources: KMKNO Final Report, International Association of Oil and Gas Producers,
 Sierra Club , MSDS
               Why should you be
• Health, continued
   – Flares are used to burn off unwanted or dangerous
     concentrations of gasses at drilling sites. These gasses include
     methane and hydrogen sulfide, a gas that can kill instantly in
     concentrations of 1000 ppm.
   – Storage of toxic chemicals and waste on site
   – Trucks will haul chemicals into the site and waste away from the
     site through Waycobah and Whycocomagh.
• Safety
   – Local first responders are neither trained to nor do they have
     the equipment to deal with a fire or environmental disaster at
     the site.
   – If there was any type of accident at the site, seven homes and
     one business are within dangerous proximity (about 1 km).
Sources: KMKNO Final Report, EPA, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Sierra Club,
local FDs
             Why Should You Be
•   Pollution
     – Potential use and contamination of millions of gallons of fresh local water.
     – Noise and Light Pollution: Construction is 24hrs/day, 7 days a week for two
         weeks. Site is constantly lighted.
     – Flares and truck exhaust will introduce a higher level of air pollution to the
     – All wildlife and plants are impacted by this development. On site accidents
         and spills could be catastrophic to the lake and the greater Margaree
         Heritage River area, considering the proposed rig will be less than 2000 feet
         from the lakeshore and about 400 feet from a stream that empties in the lake.
         Aboriginal/treaty rights threatened; traditional medicines, hunting grounds
         and fisheries in danger. Recreational and commercial fisheries in danger.
•   Infrastructure
     – Roads and bridges will be damaged by high volumes of truck traffic. No plans
         for repair.

Sources: Sierra Club Atlantic, KMKNO Final Report, International Association
of Oil and Gas Producers, Oran
           Why Should You Be
• Government/Industry/Economy
   – Transparency issues with both government and industry.
     Not forthcoming with information. Consultation with both
     the native and non-native communities has arguably been
     minimal and ineffective.
   – Municipal power to halt the development is virtually
     nonexistent. Municipality either cannot or will not issue by-
     laws to restrict the development.
   – Discrepancies exist between industry, government and 3rd
     party groups (exp/KMKNO) concerning the details of this

   Sources: Chronicle-Herald, Cape Breton Post, Tourism Nova
     Scotia, KMKNO, NS Energy, NS Environment, Oran
            Why Should You Be
•   Government/Industry/Economy, continued…
     – Petroworth representatives repeatedly decline invitations to
       speak with community.
     – Representatives from the Regional Development Authority did
       not respond to requests to discuss the economic benefits of this
       development with coalition members.
     – No numbers have been cited in reference to job creation; the
       industry is currently the second smallest employer in Nova
       Scotia and a very small part of our gypsum dominated mining
       industry. Potential positive economic impact of on-shore
       petroleum mining is potentially exaggerated by industry and
     – Locals argue the development is not complimentary to existing
       economies; no assessment of impact on local economy

     Sources: Chronicle-Herald, Tourism Nova Scotia, Finance NS

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