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  • Brad
    February 01, 2011 - 11:08

    Don Bester should work for Greenpeace or PETA because the B.S., and scare tactics he is using are right on par. All this new rule does is to allow oil companies to put more drainage points into a reservoir from the same location, it doesn't mean they will be persueing more surface locations, as this would cost too much. They are just being allowed more wells per pad to allow them better recovery and production rates. Then you have this moron executive manager Steve Smith from the ERCB who wouldn't know wellspacing from a hole in his head making stupid comments showing that he obviously has no clue even about his own rules. Why don't they interview a working stiff who actually knows the rules and the changes and what they mean? Everyone knows upper management usually knows very little about normal operations. If the farmers were to succeed in fighting this, then the oil companies will pull out, the economy will go in the tank again, and the farmers will be looking for more handouts because there is no money for their product. The farmers should take the money given to them by industry and be content with the fact that if they do happen to get more wells on their property, they will get paid more money to have them. We are in Canada and those are the rules country wide, and if you don't like it Don, then move to the good ole USA where they are more easily fooled by fear mongerers. Oil makes this economy, not dirt.

  • Don
    January 31, 2011 - 19:08

    In 1960, the Canadian Bill of Rights was enacted under Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. The Bill of Rights enshrined property rights for Canadians. In 1982, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of the Canadian Constitution was enacted under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms did not contain the property rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights. The NDP and Liberals colluded and agreed that property rights would be left out of the Charter or Rights and Freedoms. There are no good reasons why Canadians do not have property rights enshrined in the Canadian Constitution. Thanks to English Common law and early settlement some Canadians do have riparian and mineral rights on their land. Iron clad property rights would provide protection for private land owners against trespass, unwanted development and dispossession of the land owner by developers supported by Government. Regrettably, the Government can subvert those protections by the unfettered use of expropriation. When a land owner puts up a fight and tries to stop some unwanted development of his land by developers, the developers and the Government conspire and collude on a regular basis to take land away from the pesky land owner for a pittance. The Government expropriation is designed to send a message to private land owners, do not stand in our way or else, we can and we will take your land, so just give up any fight and do as we want. Big corporations or developers with political connections can make a fortune from developing land for residential or commercial development or by extracting forest, mineral , water or oil resources from privately owned land . Corporations collude with Government to expropriate or pass legislation allowing access to and development of privately owned land without the land owners consent or participation. In Canada an oil company or mining company can simply move in on your land and stake claims on it for exploration and development under protection from Government legislation. Oil companies can extract thousands of barrels of oil from private land which are sold for $100 a barrel. The private land owner may not even be paid any royalties or land rental? It appears that Canadians are afraid of Government and are intimidated by big Corporations. That is why these corporate and Government thugs get away with withholding property rights and abusing the riparian and mineral rights some Canadians do have. It is time for all Canadian land owners to organize and establish land owner Associations in order to lobby for and demand that property rights be enshrined in the Canadian Constitution. Prime Minister Harper promised property rights and was elected on that promise, which he failed to fulfill. In countries which do have property rights, such as the USA, those property rights are frequently undermined by the existence of the power of expropriation by Government. Property rights which do not greatly restrict expropriation are worthless. Fraudulent expropriation by Government can easily occur in order to satisfy some underhanded corporate development plan. If iron clad property rights and serious restrictions against unwarranted, unreasonable or fraudulent expropriation by Government are not enshrined and enforced, private land owners must ensure that politicians who do not support or deliver iron clad property rights do not ever get elected or re-elected in Canada, starting with Stephen Harper and Kathy Dunderdale!

  • Wildrose
    January 31, 2011 - 10:23

    Oil owns this province, so quit your wining hayseed and do as you're told!