Quick Hits

Fun with Polls

We recently discovered that we can add polls to the site. Traffic has been trending upwards, so out of curiosity I thought I’d post our first poll and ask the question:

If you don’t mind taking a few seconds (literally) please have a look and let us know who you are and how you got here.

The Federal Election Looms

Ottawa Citizen - Cam Cayer - 30 March 2011

It’ll soon be time to vote. (Again.) Anyway, I found Vote Compass to be a handy tool in helping me determine who I might vote for:

Vote Compass is a free educational tool developed by political scientists.  It asks you for your opinion on a number of political issues and then shows you your position in the political landscape as well as how your views compare with the platforms put forward by each of the political parties.

It only takes a few minutes to complete and no information is collected that can ever be used to personally identify you.

Vote Compass can also tell you which parties are running a candidate in your constituency.  If you don’t know the name of your constituency, you can enter your postal code to have Vote Compass determine it for you.

If you are so inclined, you can post your thoughts on the upcoming election in the comments section.

What the frack?

Fracking bans have been popping up in the news recently. Quebec, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, have all banned fracking… even South Africa, and France has a moratorium in place. There is a movement in the UK urging a ban.

I will remain agnostic on this issue for the time being, I simply don’t know enough about the pros and cons to have an intelligent opinion about it, but I hope to do some research and revisit this issue in a later post. In the meantime, what are your thoughts? Is this a good thing? Is it an unmitigated disaster? Let us know what you think.

A bit gritty, perhaps, but still refreshing!

Feel free to pass along any articles/websites in the comments section that might enlighten me on the subject. In the meantime, I did find this helpful Q&A on Shale Gas Fracking at the Guardian website.

More to follow…

19th Williston Basin Petroleum Conference 2011 (Regina)

And finally, I’ll be at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina from May 1st to May 3rd.

Fellow bloggers Lucas and Natalie will be there as well. Depending on how things go, we might experiment with some live-blogging. We’ll keep you posted.

Either way, if you’re going to be in town, please come by our booth and say hello! We’d love to hear from you.


About Stephen Werny

Stephen has been with geoLOGIC Systems since 2007. He started in the Training Department, and in February 2010 he transferred to the Data Department, where he works as the Data Acquisition Coordinator. He has no issues whatsoever with writing in the third person, this much is clear.
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3 Responses to Quick Hits

  1. Eunice says:

    Thanks for posting this Steve.

    I haven’t really been exposed to the industry long enough to understand a lot of things, so I’ll just comment as a consumer. As we know, with more supply, the prices drop. So I can see the benefits on most provinces from shale gas projects. Although when it comes to the environment there will always be opposition everywhere.

    Sometimes we need to “choose our evil”. I would rather take my chances on hydraulic fracking, than have a nuclear reactor burning in my backyard, which sadly, what is happening in Fukushima Japan right now :(.

    • Tara says:

      I actually agree with Eunice, supply and demand. Also, all the easy to produce gas is almost gone, so we have to start going after the more complicated and harder to produce stuff (ie shale gas) which, without fracking, would be virtually un-producible. Do you like the clothes you wear? The food you eat? The strawberries in winter? If you do, then you can’t complain about the necessary methods we now have to go through to make that happen. There are laws about how close to surface you can frac, to help keep drinking sources clean of methane and other harmful pollutants, so it’s not like we aren’t concerned about the environment and public ‘health’. And besides, for most of the people saying that hydraulic fracturing is leaking gas to surface, did you try lighting the stream on fire before the shale was frac’d? I think not. How can you prove it wasn’t like that before?

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