January 2, 2006

EUB refuses further extension of deadline for Compton's ERP

The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) has denied Compton Petroleum's request to extend the deadline for submission of its Emergency Response Plan (ERP) from January 1, 2006 to September 1, 2006. The company applied for the additional extension on December 15, 2005, having already been granted one in August which moved the original deadline of November 1, 2005 to January 1, 2006.

In seeking the new extension, Compton claimed that the city of Calgary and Calgary Health Region (CHR) had been reticent regarding collaborative development of the ERP, and cited uncertainty due to pending reviews and appeals filed by the city and the CHR in connection with EUB Decision 2005-060 on Compton's proposal to drill up to six sour gas wells in close proximity to Calgary suburbs.

The decision, issued last June (ELW June 27, 2005), made approval of the wells by the EUB contingent upon Compton's receiving approval of its ERP. It also set out a number of other conditions to be met by the company.

The EUB gave several other reasons for its denial of Compton's latest request for an extension, noting that the new deadline being sought for the filing of its ERP would significantly delay the process for finalizing the ERP.

In addition, the EUB said Compton has not demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board that it completed all tasks not requiring co-operation with other groups, that it has explored all possible opportunities to work with the various parties, and that it was prevented from meeting the deadline as the result of circumstances beyond its control.

Accordingly, Compton was due to file its draft ERP by the close of business Tuesday, January 3, 2006 (allowing for the New Year holiday). The EUB will deal with the document (including any deficiencies) in accordance with a process outlined in correspondence with the company in November. Should Compton fail to file the draft ERP by that date, the EUB will consider the application abandoned and will close the file.

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