December 6, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada Energy Partners Inc.’s (TSX-V: CE) (the "Company") is pleased to report that it has received a decision from the British Columbia Oil & Gas Commission (“OGC”) that will allow resumption of water disposal if certain conditions are met. The additional conditions are: (1) daily disposal volumes are limited to 200 cubic meters per day; (2) installation of seismic detection and accelerometer equipment with regular reporting of gathered data; and (3) a requirement to cease disposal if BC Hydro’s safety factor at the Peace Canyon Dam falls below an acceptable level. The Company believes that it can meet these conditions and will proceed to re-establish water disposal operations as soon as practicable.
In early March 2017, BC Hydro, the Crown utility company, notified the OGC that they believed the Company’s disposal operation imposed a risk of induced earthquakes that could damage their Peace Canyon Dam. The OGC issued a suspension order March 16, 2017 terminating water disposal operations at the Company’s Peace River disposal facility. The Company requested a Technical Review which was conducted from April to July 2017. Concurrent with the Technical Review, the Company appealed the Suspension Order to the Oil & Gas Appeal Tribunal but the appeal was denied in August. The OGC notified the Company on June 16th that it was considering canceling the Company’s water disposal well permit. However, based upon an exhaustive review of the technical data, on December 4th, 2017 the OGC decided not to cancel the Company’s disposal well permit and to allow resumption of water disposal as long as certain conditions are met.
The OGC decision can be read in its entirety at the Company’s website: www.canadaenergypartners.com.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of
Canada Energy Partners Inc.
President & CEO
For more information, please contact:-
CANADA ENERGY PARTNERS INC.
650-669 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 0B4
Main Phone: (778) 725-1489 / Facsimile: (604) 428-1124
Ben Jones, President and CEO
Direct Phone: +1 225.388.9900 ext 101
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