Peace River area families go to court to stop Baytex

Signs on the road leading to Alain and Karla Labrecque's farm near Reno, Alberta. Courtesy, Karla Labrecque

EDMONTON – A number of Peace River area families were scheduled to go to court Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to shut down some oil wells they claim have affected their health.

A number of the families have even left their homes because of the fumes from the oilsands operation.

Hearings took place earlier this year, organized by Alberta’s Energy Regulator after complaints from people in Three Creeks and Reno.

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Baytex Energy purchased 46 wells in 2011 and uses an unusual method of heating bitumen. The oilsands bitumen is heated to prepare it for transport.

That process leads to emissions being released into the air, and that’s what the families say is making them sick.

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Wednesday afternoon, they are trying to have the facility temporarily closed until air pollution equipment is installed.


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