Pekisko Group

Pekisko Group

December 18, 2008 09:00 ET

Pekisko Group to Testify at Petro-Canada ERCB Hearing

Wants unique, pristine area left intact

HIGH RIVER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2008) - Members of the Pekisko Group will testify Thursday at the Energy Resources Conservation Board's hearing of Petro-Canada's application to build a sour gas pipeline through a pristine, wilderness area of Kananaskis Country.

They are concerned about potential, irreparable damage that the proposed pipeline would cause to this area, which is deemed by scientists to be one of two areas of undisturbed, biological integrity remaining on the Southeastern Slopes. The other is the Whaleback, which the Alberta government has protected from industrial development through designation as a Heritage Rangeland.

The Pekisko Group believes that it is in the public interest to give this area equal protection.

WHEN & WHERE:

Thursday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.

Highwood Memorial Centre, 128 - 5 Avenue W., High River, AB

The hearing, which began November 12, will adjourn on Friday, December 19. It will resume in 2009. Specific dates have yet to be determined.

WHO:

Mac Blades, Rocking P Ranch

Francis Gardner, Mt. Sentinel Ranch

Gordon Cartwright, D Ranch

Testimony by ecological experts at the hearing has consistently reinforced the designation of the area, located at the headwaters of Willow Creek and Pekisko Creek between secondary Highway 532 and Highway 541, as unique. They are unanimous in recommending that Petro-Canada choose an alternative route for the pipeline. Click here for more information: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/pa.pdf.

A poll conducted in September 2008 by Leger Marketing found that 75.3% of Albertans agreed that "The government of Alberta should preserve more land to help protect natural habitats" (click here for more inforamtion http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/pb3.pdf). For other research stats click here: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/pc.pdf.

To learn more about the area or express your support to preserve this land, please visit www.petrocant.ca and www.pekisko.ca.

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