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Stakeholders in the Battle Lake watershed were concerned about the effects of oil and gas development on the lake and made their concerns known through regulatory processes. In Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB/Board; now the Energy Resources Conservation Board [ERCB/Board]) Decision 2005-129: Ketch Resources Ltd., Review of Well Licence No. 0313083 and Application for Associated Battery and Pipeline, Pembina Field, the Board panel determined that “additional measures must be taken to ensure that future development continues to be conducted in an orderly, effective, and environmentally sensitive manner.” Consequently in January 2006, a multistakeholder committee comprising representatives of the ERCB and the Battle Lake Watershed Synergy Group (BLWSG) was struck. Its mandate was to define terms of reference for a pilot project that would address oil and gas development in the Battle Lake watershed and to implement the project. The work of the committee culminated in the release in December 2006 of the Battle Lake Watershed Development Planning Pilot Project—Report of the Multistakeholder Pilot Project Team, which set out seven recommendations.
In May 2010, a working group with industry and community representatives of the BLWSG and representatives of the ERCB was formed to evaluate the status of the recommendations and to publish the results of the evaluation.
With the delivery of this report, the planning pilot process and the efforts of the working group to evaluate the recommendations are complete.
The Review of the Battle Lake Watershed Development Planning Pilot Project—Report of the Multistakeholder Working Group, as well as further information on the Battle Lake planning project, is now available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca under Publications : Publications Available : Special Reports. It will also be presented at the Battle Lake Watershed Synergy Group meeting to be held April 7, 2011 in Westerose, Alberta.
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