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February 2, 2011
More drilling for crude oil takes place (left) on the outskirts of Chauvin as the world still thirsts for crude oil. Talisman Energy Inc. is gearing up for an ambitious 2011 program in the area that could see between 100 and 120 more wells drilled. The Calgary company already has 1,300 producing wells like the one at right in the Chauvin region pumping black liquid energy from formations 650 to 700 metres (2,100 to 2,300 feet) underground. Story in this week's paper. ©Provost News Photo.
Talisman Plans to Drill Up to 120 Oil Wells This Year
Between 100 and 120 oil wells will be drilled by Talisman Energy Inc. of Calgary in the area if all goes to plan.

Some drilling is already underway just south of Chauvin with two rigs operating since the start of this year.

The 2011 project comes on the heels of the energy company’s 2010 drilling in the area where oil rigs had been working on drilling 60 wells over seven to eight months.

Talisman’s operations manager for Chauvin, Dan Allen told The Provost News in a telephone interview that between $100 million and $120 million will be spent on the 2011 drilling, capital expenditures, land sales, seismic work and related activities. But he pointed out that these are plans only and “things can happen.”

The potential to add more drilling rigs depends on circumstances.

Talisman Energy already has over 1,300 active wells in the Chauvin field which includes both sides of the provincial border, over to Edgerton, south of Highway 14 in Saskatchewan and the core area within 10 miles of Chauvin.

Crude oil found by Talisman in the area is transported through its own transmission system to storage south east of Hardisty into the Enbridge pipeline system at a massive tank farm just inside the M.D. 52 boundary. From there the product moves to Canadian or United States markets for use.

The Talisman transmission pipeline to Hardisty is also being used by other companies to move their oil.

Allen also says that they are “seriously looking” at expanding that transmission system from the Chauvin operation to the massive tank storage facility. Some of the older lines may be replaced with a larger sized pipeline this summer. The original line was built in approximately 1968 or 1969.

The field offices are located approximately three miles south and four miles west of Chauvin (about a 20 minute drive north of Provost).

Complete story in February 2 edition of The Provost News.
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Agriculture Optimism Increases—Survey
The optimism level of Canadian agriculture producers and agribusiness owners is at a four-year high, according to a new Farm Credit Canada (FCC) national Vision Panel survey. Three-quarters of those surveyed (76 percent) say that their farm or business will be better off in five years —a shift from 2009 (70 percent).

More Canadian producers report being better off than they were five years ago and they have higher expectations for future growth than in the past. They also show continued advocacy for careers in agriculture. Intentions to expand and diversify are also at a four-year high.

Complete story in February 2 edition of The Provost News.
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Town Streets Add Up
Complete story in February 2 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "What Might Senior Citizens Use or Enjoy Not Already in Our Community?"
. . . and we heard answers from Loreen Deck, Carol Murray, Iva Jean Wagner and Irene Trenerry. Check out the February 2 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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