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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Damages awarded for sour gas contamination of water well

The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has awarded a family $30,000 for damage caused to its water well by Impact Energy Inc. Under a surface lease agreement, the Blatz family had granted to Impact the right to use an area of 4.45 acres to drill a sour gas well. The well was directionally drilled. Shortly thereafter, the family began to notice changes in its water supply (cloudiness and odour). The Court was satisfied that the damage to the quality of water was a result of the drilling of the sour gas well. A report of the case is available at the link below.

http://www.canlii.org/en/ab/abqb/doc/2009/2009abqb506/2009abqb506.html