Coal-bed methane producers told Gov. Dave Freudenthal they need help from the state and their own industry to keep working conditions safe as new employees continue pouring into the Powder River Basin with little oil and gas experience.
The plea came during a 45-minute meeting between the two-term Democrat and members of the Powder River Basin CBM Safety Council who brought with them concerns ranging from sage grouse to what is seen as an understaffed state Occupational Safety and Health department.
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Landowners who claim that oil and gas drilling has contaminated their tap water want the province to reopen investigations into their complaints.
In letters sent Wednesday to Alberta Environment, the landowners contend an Alberta Research Council report, released in January, was inadequate and should be reviewed by independent scientists.
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