There has been information flowing about an Oil Well from the Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Community Association since November. According to the Royal Oak Suburban Journal article (page 13 and on) the licence to drill was approved by the ECRB on the 20th December. A presentation from the Company had been made at the RRROCA AGM in November.
Since that time a lot of residents with extensive experience in the Oil and Gas industry have come forward and expressed their concerns over the Safety of a well so close to residential communities. There is a small but tangible risk that if an H2S layer is perforated a release of H2S would present a critical safety event requiring rapid evacuation of the whole area.
Please read the Suburban Journal in your mailbox and try to attend the information session run by RRROCA on Saturday 11th February 2012 between 1pm and 4pm at the North West Family Church on Eamon Road.
As a resident of the Cascades I feel we should all be informed and be able to express our concerns. In addition to safety concerns there are also depreciated real estate values that are at play. Please try to attend the meeting.
There is also a Royal Oak Facebook Page where residents can exchange information.
Nevin Van Nest