Action from the Odour Patrol

Update: CBC news has this article about the about action on the odour emissions monitoring and prevention plan for the Peace Country.

A panel from the Alberta Energy Regulator investigated complaints about fumes emanating from oil wells in the Peace Country and discovered what was plain as the nose on your face: there are unpleasant, odoriferous emissions in the air up here.

The panel is recommending a ban on venting gas from oil tanks and batteries in the area with a goal of zero odours or omissions.

The Edmonton Journal had the story.  Follow the link.

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3 Responses to Action from the Odour Patrol

  1. I remember that Dawson Creek had a smell of natural gas way back in the fifties and sixties. We didn’t notice it after a while, but if we went to Fort St. John we sure knew when we were near the bridge. On the other side of the bridge was a huge oil refinery (I think that’s what it was). It stunk really bad. We always drove fast to get past Taylor Flats and into Fort St. John, where the smell wasn’t as bad. I don’t know if any of that even exists anymore at Taylor.

    • townspirit says:

      BC’s first gas processing plant was at Taylor Flats! Good old Wikipedia 🙂 It’s funny how there’s always a smelly town that everyone knows. Wouldn’t want Spirit River to be that town.

      • Thanks for that tidbit. I thought it was oil because we had an oil refinery in Dawson Creek back then. It was Imperial Oil, but they moved out after a few years. Interesting to know about Taylor Flats being gas. We could always see the flame coming from a tall smokestack from across the river.

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