The AER (Alberta’s Energy Regulator) introduced directive 83 in May of 2013 with a few purposes in mind; Protect well integrity from unintended frac communication, protect freshwater aquifers and avoid surface impacts.
The United States does not have the same guidelines as Canada to protect our people and the environment. Look at what happened in the state of North Dakota where an oil well about 15 miles south of White Earth exploded in Mountrail County, one of the country's most prolific oil producing regions, owned by Oasis Petroleum Inc., losing more than 67,000 gallons of oil, causing an affluent flow of the Missouri River.
Authorities believe it was caused by a hydraulic fracture in a nearby well resulting in the explosion of the neighboring well performing "communication" between them. The Helling Trust 11-15H well, which is more than 4 miles long, has produced almost 10 million gallons of oil since its launch in 2011, where many types of equipment arrived to clean the place and try to stop it Still dripping raw with a mixture of very thick mud.
Oasis tried different methods to try to have control of the well again which was not possible. Thanks to God, this time the explosion of the well did not throw oil through the skies, but it did send oil that was carried by the wind to the White Earth River which reaches the Missouri River, and 84,000 gallons of water was filtered from the well with used brine Commonly in shale gas extraction.
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