Company wants to settle discussion on fracking
Black Spruce CEO Dave Murray
The sounds of construction — hammering, buzzing and drilling — interfered with the TV cameras and radio recorders, causing Black Spruce Exploration’s CEO Dave Murray to start and stop in his responses to reporters Tuesday afternoon at the St. John’s Convention Centre.
Murray took all questions thrown at him, following a presentation to the Noia conference.
He patiently timed his responses between bouts of noise — offering up firm responses to questions on Black Spruce’s plans for western Newfoundland.
Specifically, he spoke about the company’s plans for hydraulic fracturing —fracking — of exploration wells.
The junior oil company wants to build the onshore and near-shore oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, he explained.
Black Spruce Exploration has been gaining control over a large area, with a farm-in agreement with Shoal Point Energy, an agreement with Ptarmigan Energy to acquire access to more than 1.2 million acres offshore and a letter of intent signed with Enegi Oil for a farm-in on its holdings. The agreements would mean Black Spruce would take the lead in exploratory drilling.
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Murray confirmed his company has not filed any project for environmental assessment at this point. That paperwork is a first step towards actually drilling and fracking a well.
“It’s been started. It hasn’t been filed,” he said.
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