Friday, June 2, 2017

-I’m concerned that Alberta Energy greatly dislike any citizen questioning how our royalties are handled!! On the one and only request answered the Premier had to insist that the Minister pay some attention my requests. Since then I have had to continually send reminders that I had outstanding info. requests for some weeks before getting what Alberta Energy humorously call a reply!! Indeed Although I have had to make several requests for information of public information –I have received but one-yes indeed one written reply forced on the Minister of Energy-by the Premier’s office!! WOW!! The verbal discussion with Alberta Energy-I had to suggest that any answer would do just to get a person to offer a reply? Is this last letter from Sharon a notification that I am being placed on a Quota on the amount of material I can expect to receive from Alberta Energy?? ------------From: Oil Gas Royalty Response Sent: Friday, June 02, 2017 8:43 AM To: Stewart Shields Cc: Oil Gas Royalty Response Subject: RE: Change We Very Badly Need Change!! Good morning, Mr. Shields. Thank you for your inquiry to the Oil Gas Royalty inbox. We apologize for the automated response that indicated a response would be sent to you within two days. We understand that the Minister of Energy responded in detail to your questions about royalty losses in cases of pipeline leaks or fires in a letter to you dated April 18, 2017. We also understand that you have spoken with Alberta Energy staff at length about this topic. As there is no further information to provide, this will be the last communication to you on this topic. We thank you for your interest and advocacy on this topic and can confirm that your comments have been reviewed by the offices of the Energy Minister and Premier, as well as the department. Sharon

Like Stewart Shields  I sometimes feel that I am the only citizen asking questions of government. I don't get many answers and some of them such as  a recent response to why the government folks aren't doing auditory testing at AHS for kids with auditory processing disorder left me frankly bewildered. The government indicates that they can identify an auditory processing disorder through some mechanism that I can't figure out.  Hmm... just how?  In my younger son's case, he was assessed for IQ and hearing problems but until AHS did the auditory processing test that they have now discontinued doing there was no diagnosis.

I feel much like Stewart Shields does that there is a tendency by government not to answer questions especially if the folks involved publish the answers on blogs or Facebook as I am now doing.  I don't know why there should be scarcity in government responses since citizens like Stewart and I are doing a damn fine job in holding our government accountable for their failures with reference to fiscal management and revenue generation boondoggles in the oil and gas sector.  I mean Stewart knows far more about these failures than I do and maybe this is why government --at least Alberta Energy limits information release?  Or could it be that the government just doesn't want information to be in the hands of citizens?


From: Stewart Shields <
Date: Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 6:06 PM
Subject: Change We Very Badly Need Change!!
To: premier@gov.ab.ca, dunvegan.centralpeace.notley@assembly.ab.ca, letters <letters@edmontonjournal.com>, Liberal Canada <info@liberal.ca>, generalinfo@oipc.ab.ca
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I’m concerned that Alberta Energy greatly dislike any citizen questioning how our royalties are handled!!  On the one and only request answered the Premier had to insist that the Minister pay some attention my requests. Since then I have had to continually send reminders that I had outstanding info. requests for some weeks before getting what Alberta Energy humorously call a reply!!  Indeed Although I have had to make several requests for information of public information  –I have received but one-yes indeed one written  reply forced on the Minister of Energy-by the Premier’s office!! WOW!!  The verbal discussion with  Alberta Energy-I had to suggest that any answer would do just to get a person to offer a reply?  Is this last letter from Sharon a notification that I am being placed on a Quota on the amount of material I can expect to receive from Alberta Energy?? 
If Alberta energy would simply offer an answer to a question received -life for the public and Alberta Energy would be much better!  I have yet to have a reply regarding Acclaims loss of product on a massive well blow-out with respect to public royalties, nor was I offered an answer to the state of public royalties regarding the lexin
bankruptcy mess??

I sense I am the sole public member making any requests from this branch of the Alberta government, and would strongly suggest ALBERTA ENERGY get in touch with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta at 780-422-6860and deal especially with 10(1) of the act!!!  I am not surprised Alberta Energy do not want to reply to what became of the royalties due 
Acclaim’s 2-26-52-26-w4--  where the Board tried to convince anyone silly enough to listen-that a down hole explosion actually caused that well to blow-out??  Now getting a reply with respect to the public’s royalty status with respect to the Lexin boondoggle appears trying??
I am horrified that the AER who’s salaries are satisfied by industry are allowed to make changes to mineral leases offered by the Alberta government???   What the hell gives here??  I am certainly opposed to any entity receiving payments from the petroleum industry being given authority to have anything to do with switching mineral lease ownership from one industry member to another regardless of circumstances!!  I fully realize that Albertan’s have  been dissuaded from making royalty inquirers—however if Alberta Energy would answer the first citizens attempt for information-it would not become a bothersome burden to them?   Hopefully more folks will attempt to make inquiries just how our public production is being managed, and bring forth better ideas than what is being practised today!!
Stewart Shields
I’m actually surprised at receiving a reply, I differ with your suggestion the ministry responded in detail to questions I had posed in there their letter of April 18th,2017, they did a lot of writing about subjects I didn’t ask, but as has been the case-- shown difficulty answering public questions about provincial royalties? 
I would enjoy an “answer” with respect to how the Lexin affair has affected Provincial royalties??????    We understand both Cresent Point and Pengrowth have been cheated out of their royalty income from Lexin---and are inquiring how public royalties have faired from this boondoggle??????  Fear not answering questions posed by the public who are about to insist on transparency on how their production is handled!!!!
Stewart Shields
84 Hathaway Lane
Lacombe, Alberta.
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Sent: Friday, June 02, 2017 8:43 AM
Subject: RE: Change We Very Badly Need Change!!
Good morning, Mr. Shields.

Thank you for your inquiry to the Oil Gas Royalty inbox. We apologize for the automated response that indicated a response would be sent to you within two days.  We understand that the Minister of Energy responded in detail to your questions about royalty losses in cases of pipeline leaks or fires in a letter to you dated April 18, 2017. We also understand that you have spoken with Alberta Energy staff at length about this topic.

As there is no further information to provide, this will be the last communication to you on this topic. We thank you for your interest and advocacy on this topic and can confirm that your comments have been reviewed by the offices of the Energy Minister and Premier, as well as the department.

Sharon

From: Stewart Shields
Sent: May 12, 2017 3:59 PM
To: Oil Gas Royalty Response
Subject: Change We Very Badly Need Change!!


I’m looking for advice and ways of getting attention from the Province of Alberta to inform a mostly ignorant public about our situation with respect to public royalties on a quarterly basis?  I thought once the crooked Conservatives were gone the citizens of Alberta would be given a degree of transparency never before realized in Alberta---how wrong I was!!  Cowboy Socialism remains intact and fine with the public purse taking all the risk and the foreign owned petro producer getting the first dollar!!  If there is any money left over after drilling and completions are paid for--the industry will allow us our portion of production!!
The NDP government want to take all risk out of the petroleum business by jacking royalty rates all over the place- to take risk away from industry and place that risk on the public’s shoulders, by using the public’s royalty production as the paymaster!!  The major problem with this is the gifted public production value is never received into the Alberta Treasury so the value of government gifts to the petro industry is never known, and unable to be found by the Alberta public!!  This major public gifting of the public’s royalty production started- by the Alberta public underwriting the capital costs of bitumen businesses- for both domestic and foreign developers, and continued until capital costs were covered??  How coincidental this is the same time frame that Alberta started having financial problems? 
I want public royalties firmly set in stone-with payment of the public’s royalties coming into the provincial treasury!!  A rebate system is then possible if the government in power wants to gift back any or all the public’s royalty income-- out of the Alberta Treasury. This will change what is a complete nightmare of bookkeeping and the dollars are in the Provincial Treasury and not in a bank in “The Hague”
The media have explained the best they are able- the insolvency of Lexin Recourses . We have been made aware that our AER and Lexin have been at loggerheads for well over a year.Finally the AER shut down Lexin’s entire operation in the new year.  Lexin used Cargill Ltd. to market it’s saleable gas products. The AER inform us that Cresent Point, Pengrowth, and Caledonian Corp have not been paid their royalties from Lexin for some time, but no mention about the situation with respect to Provincial Royalties??
Lexin had stopped filing it’ monthly production data with the AER for some months and had it’s sales revenue wired to an Austrian bank!! 
Is it not rather strange that the Alberta public’s situation with respect to this mess is never reflected by Alberta Energy?  Have the Alberta public also lost inventory, and are we trying to recover those amounts?  The same is true of large well blow-outs and fires---does our government try to recover inventory lost due to the negligence of a well blow outs??
I have seen enough of Calgary or Cowboy Socialism to know that change is desperately needed in the management of Alberta’s petroleum properties!!  

Stewart Shields

Lacombe, Alberta

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