Fed up with fumes: families ask court to stop heavy oil producer
EDMONTON - A family that says it was forced to leave its home by intolerable smells from a nearby heavy oil producer is turning to the courts.
Alain (a-LEHN') Labrecque (lah-BREHK')and his wife Karla are asking for an injunction to force Calgary-based Baytex Energy (TSX:BTE) to shut down 46 wells near Peace River for eight months.
In an affidavit, Labrecque says he, his wife and their two children began to notice problems in 2011 shortly after Baytex took over the wells.
The Labrecques blame odours and fumes from the Baytex wells for headaches, nausea, numbness, vomiting and diarrhea.
They say they've been forced to leave their land, along with four other families.
The provincial government is conducting an inquiry into their concerns.
A hearing on the injunction application is scheduled for Jan. 15.
Read more Business News
- Trashed for killing bearsPenticton / S. Okanagan
- Motorcycle victims ID'dVernon / N. Okanagan
- Friends mourn victims Canada
- The cat came back ....Kelowna
|QHR Technologies Inc||1.22||-0.05|
|Anavex Life Sciences||0.375||-0.005|
|Copper Mountain Mining||2.42||+0.10|
|Sunrise Resources Ltd||0.025||-0.005|
|Mission Ready Services||0.23||-0.02|
The Big Picture Valuation fears grip markets Growing concerns about the level of stock market valuations sparked a risk-off trade in global markets this week. Investors are worried that many companies...
Photo: ContributedFor many businesses this has been a tremendously difficult time since the 2008 crisis. Business fell off. Sales techniques that always worked, well… stopped working. Customers...
Many times when we are gripped by fear it can be one of two mental challenges that we can learn to overcome. Photo: ContributedThe Fear is completely imaginary. In this situation there may be no fact...