[Marxism] Dangerous News: Massive new oil strike in Mackenzie Valley

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at resist.ca
Fri Apr 1 11:00:27 MST 2005

Tulita strike said to be biggest NWT find in decades

WebPosted Mar 31 2005 06:36 PM CST
CBC News

YELLOWKNIFE - There has been a major oil and gas discovery southwest of 
Tulita that industry officials say will ignite more interest in 
exploration in the area.

Oil company executives say it's the largest find in decades in the 
region, 600 kilometers northwest of Yellowknife.

Northrock Resources and its partners made the announcement Wednesday 
about their Summit Creek well, after testing wrapped up late last week.

Officials say the well produced 10 million cubic feet of natural gas and 
3,000 barrels of light crude oil daily during the test. The oil 
production is about 100 times greater than the average well in Alberta.

Northrock president Dave Pearce says the well, about 55 kilometres from 
Tulita, isn't commercially viable on its own, but it's a good start.

"It is high-risk, hopefully high-reward drilling, so we were hoping for 
significant rates like we've seen so we're enthusiastic, and 
encouraged," says Pearce. "Quite often you can do all this work and come 
away with a dry hole, which was the most likely outcome so we're very 
pleased with the production rates we've seen."

Greg Stringham, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum 
Producers, predicts more exploration in the area as production at the 
nearby Norman Wells fields wanes.

"People will be intersted in seeing that much oil being produced in 
particular because it's close, relatively close to the existing pipeline 
infrastructure that has capacity on it," he says.

Rod Hardy, a retired businessman who lives in Tulita, says he's been 
expecting the big oil discovery in that area for years.

"My grandfather before he died had prophesied that over on that side, in 
that area there was going to be something much much bigger than Norman 
Wells," he recalls.

Northrock and its partners have spent $50 million over the last two 
winters on exploration.

Northrock is planning additional seismic activity in the summer and more 
drilling next winter.

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