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May 20, 2009

This picture shows the Swanson elevator north of town engulfed in flames. A half dozen trucks were moved away from the building that was originally built in Hayter. Photo by Marion Swanson.

Lightning Strike Ignites Elevator at Ranch
A late afternoon lightning strike caused a fire at the Wyett Swanson ranch, burning down their empty elevator six miles north and one mile east of Provost on Tuesday, May 12.

Swanson said the rain that fell that afternoon “saved the day, otherwise it could’ve been a disaster” with spreading flames.

“We had a heavy rain shower and I was going through the yard to the house to get rubber boots. There was a big clap of thunder. I got in the house, put on my rubber boots, and (wife) Marion said the elevator is on fire. We called the fire department right away.”

Firemen were called at approximately 3:35 p.m. and “came right away . . . they were fast and efficient.”

When the lightning hit it shook Swanson’s truck and shortly after the flames were spotted at the top of the building. Other lightning could be seen for approximately a half hour.

He went back and started moving vehicles away from the burning building and with only the top of the elevator burning the vehicles near the fire were already warm. “We moved a half dozen trucks.”

The rancher’s biggest fear was that the fire would get in the silage pits. “They saved our shop and they kept the silage pits from catching on fire. A silage pit can burn forever. It doesn’t burn fast, but it burns forever.”

Video of the burning elevator was submitted to provostnews.ca by Skylar Murray.

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Enhanced Recovery Techniques May Reach Hard to Get Oil and Gas Deposits
• Province supports nine energy projects with $200 million in royalty adjustments
The Government of Alberta is strengthening its commitment to establishing the province as a world-class centre for responsible energy development through funding for nine energy projects.

The projects were submitted by ARC Resources Ltd., EnCana Corporation, Husky Oil, Imperial Oil, Laracina Energy and Pengrowth Corporation.

Using a variety of test products, including inert gas, polymers, acid gas and carbon dioxide, these initiatives could result in enhanced recovery techniques to reach previously inaccessible oil and gas deposits. Some of the projects will also examine ways to reduce water use and increase storage of CO2.

Full story and photos in May 20 edition of The Provost News.
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Crescent Point Energy Trust Commits $300,000 Over 3 Years to Regional Activity Centre
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