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"If this keeps up, our legacy will be nothing but miles and miles of gravel roads."
- Mike Judd  
   
   

 

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Local writer and musician Sid Marty reads poetry for
those gathered at the Mount Backus wake on June 4th.
 
Conservationists and area residents gathered at Mount Backus, the site of Shell Canada’s new sour gas well development, on Saturday June 4th to “mourn” the loss of the area.
The “wake” for the site, which is located six kilometres west of the hamlet of Beaver Mines, came on the heels of nearby resident and outfitter Mike Judd’s rejected application to the Alberta Court of Appeal for a Leave of Appeal to the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB)’s decision to allow Shell to drill a new sour gas well in the area.
Judd, who lives two kilometres from the site, said that such development would harm populations of wildlife and rare plants which grow in the area.
“Developments like this are causing us to lose plants that only grow here under very specific conditions,” said Judd. “Development is limiting their chance of survival.”
He also said that this acrivity is harmful to grizzly populations, which are threatened in the Castle Wilderness area.
 

Gordon Petersen of the Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition was also present at the gathering and said that grizzly bear fatalities in the Castle are at an unsustainably high rate and changes must be made in order to safeguard the already dwindling population.
Judd also voiced concern that the more the area is developed, the more the beauty of the landscape
itself is diminished.
“If this keeps up, our legacy will be nothing but miles and miles of gravel roads,” said Judd.
According to Shell Canada spokesperson Patty Richards, the company is cognizant of these concerns, and has transplanted more than 150 seedling trees as well as other plants to Grumpy’s Greenhouses and Gardens in Pincher Creek, in order to protect forest health.
Company representatives also insist that Shell has adapted to wildlife during the decades they have had developments in the area and to limiting its impact on those populations.
Shell Canada’s application to drill the “Waterton 68” sour gas well was approved by the ERCB on March 9th, and development began earlier this month.
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