Oil­field with in­ter­na­tional flair

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - Collin Gal­lant Collin Gal­lant cov­ers city pol­i­tics and a va­ri­ety of top­ics for the News. Reach him at 403-528-5664 or via email at cgal­lant@medicine­hat­news.com

What do grape grow­ers in the Cham­pagne prov­ince of France and cat­tle ranch­ers near CFB Suffield have in com­mon?

Some might say they’re both the best at what they do.

Also, both par­ties will now deal with the same oil and gas com­pany when it comes seek­ing sur­face ac­cess.

In­ter­na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion an­nounced it will add the Suffield block and ar­eas around Alder­son to its oil and gas port­fo­lio. The com­pany also has off­shore drilling in the South Pa­cific and fields in the prov­ince of France that is epony­mous with sparkling white wine pro­duc­tion.

That field, in what’s known as the Paris Basin, is “quite a nice place to go for an op­er­a­tions tour,” ac­cord­ing to IPC head Mike Ni­chol­son this week.

Jokes aside though, Ni­chol­son stressed that his com­pany is used to work­ing with landown­ers who have high stan­dards.

“We’ve got a good track record with farm­ers, vine­yards own­ers (in France).”

Speak­ing of...

Ranch­ers in the north­ern re­gion of Cy­press County, what a 12 months it’s been. About this time in 2016, meat in­spec­tors found bovine TB in a cow at an Ore­gon plant. More re­cently prairie fires have been cut­ting across the land­scape and there’s been a no­table drought this year.

It’s Oc­to­ber on Sun­day, and bar­ring a cloud burst to­day, Medicine Hat and the sur­round­ing area will wind up with less than a half inch of rain in Septem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to pro­vin­cial data, ac­cu­mu­la­tion for the month is in the 10 mm range, or about onethird the av­er­age rain­fall for the month.

The May to Septem­ber pe­riod saw only saw about half the av­er­age rain­fall we usu­ally re­ceive, and that’s mainly due to a wet early spring.

Most of the south­east re­ceived be­tween 100 to 150 mm of rain (four to six inches) over the four­month pe­riod.

To­tal rain­fall in the re­gion in Au­gust mea­sured one-half inch — about one-fifth the usual amount.

It’s been a dry one across the Prairies. This sum­mer Regi­naarea home­own­ers had un­der­ground util­ity lines pulled from houses as the ground dried and shifted.

Aside from a small dot around Leader, where soil mois­ture is con­sid­ered “ad­e­quate,” the en­tire south­west quad­rant is ei­ther short or very short of soil mois­ture, states the lat­est crop re­port.


Last week this col­umn men­tioned Rod Fonteyne, a player with the orig­i­nal ju­nior Tigers in the 1950s, had passed away.

Lo­cal col­lec­tor Tim Hit­tel knocked on the win­dow at the

this week and held up five of the sou­venir pro­grams that he’s found over the years.

He’s miss­ing pro­grams the first three sea­sons (1948-49, 1949-50 and 1950-51), but has all the oth­ers in his pri­vate. Those aren’t for sale but he en­ter­tains of­fers to trade.

Get in touch with Hit­tel at this week­end’s an­nual An­tique and Col­lectibles show and sale, which he or­ga­nizes each year at the Cy­press Cen­tre. About 300 booths are booked for the event, to­day and Sun­day.

A look ahead

Coun­cil sits for the last time this term on Mon­day to hear mi­nor mat­ters, the agenda shows. A land zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­pand a con­tainer stor­age site on Bridge Street will in­volve a pub­lic hear­ing.

Whether the weather

100 Years Ago

The re­sponse to whether as­tors will grow in south­ern Al­berta is a ri­otous yes, the News re­ported on Sept. 27, 1917, cit­ing a riot of colour on a First Street lot.

Res­i­dent Bart Ox­ley boasted that the va­cant 80 by 45-foot res­i­den­tial lot fea­tured 27,500 blooms on plants he raised af­ter pon­der­ing the above ques­tion.

“The cli­mate and soil of Medicine Hat are with­out equal” for the task, the News stated.

A gen­eral de­scrip­tion of the lo­ca­tion would place it on the south­side of the 400 block of First Street (Note: present day, that’s the lawn of the Es­planade).

Medicine Hat had the high­est price in the prov­ince for milk and bread ($1 for six quarts and $1 for 10 loaves), the News re­ported. That com­pared to 14 quarts and 14 loaves in Red­cliff (the cheap­est). It was clearly a case where the “food con­troller and city coun­cil” should in­ves­ti­gate.

Par­lia­ment closed headed of a fall elec­tion, the first since 1911.

In the con­clu­sion of the Al­berta Pro­vin­cial Elec­tion (held in June) over­seas bal­lots elected its sec­ond women to the leg­is­la­ture. Lt. Roberta MacA­dams, a nurse from Cal­gary, and Capt. Robert Pearson, of Ed­mon­ton, were the win­ners among the sol­dier’s vote. Both were con­sid­ered “MLA’s at large.”

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