Your Industry Guidebook
In Alberta Oil’s guide to industry associations, we profile a dozen of these organizations, and outline their specific mandates and services to the oil and gas industry. Mark this page and use it as a reference
Canadian Gas Association (CGA)
Industry Focus: Natural gas and energy delivery
Head Office: Ottawa, Ontario
Phone: (613) 748-0057
Date of incorporation: 1907
Mandate: To provide leadership in the continuing growth of Canada’s natural gas and energy delivery industry; to be the voice on national issues of relevance in the natural gas industry.
What They Do: Develop and advance energy industry policy positions; and make submissions to organizations such as parliamentary committees and the Council of Energy Ministers.
Service Delivery: CGA provides educational and environmental information for consumers and organizes training schools, workshops, and seminars, including the Annual Natural Gas Forum.
When Should You Call: When questions arise concerning fiscal and regulatory conditions, natural gas markets, stewardship and corporate responsibility, and safe and reliable operations; to get information on the Natural Gas Forum or other seminars.
Current Top Issues:
• Economic regulation of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry.
• Technology programming and energy efficiency; identifying opportunities to increase efficiency.
• Role of natural gas in a sustainable energy future.
• Understanding the North American Natural Gas Market.
Canadian Society for Unconventional Gas (CSUG)
Industry Focus: Unconventional gas
Head Office: Calgary, Alberta
Phone: (403) 218-7721
Date of incorporation: 2002
Mandate: To educate both the public and the industry about unconventional gas.
Motivation: Increased interest and activity in CBM resource development and related technologies; members of the Coalbed Methane Forum saw a need to provide more broad-based information sharing and technology development in a more formalized manner.
What They Do: Facilitate the factual and collaborative exchange of unconventional gas knowledge and challenges among government, regulators, industry, and public stakeholders for the exploration and production of unconventional gas in an environmentally sensitive and economical manner.
Service Delivery: Coordinate technical luncheons, forums, workshops, and conferences; facilitate increased dialogue between the unconventional gas industry and the federal and provincial governments; develop educational materials on processes and operations; provide the media with a credible source of information on the industry.
When You Should Call: To get information on unconventional gas processes vis-à-vis the environment; to attend technical luncheons and workshops.
Current Top Issues:
• Access to land for drilling wells: As the number of wells being drilled in the mature Western Canada Sedimentary Basin continues to increase, so does the pressure on the surface use of the land and the potential for conflict with surface rights owners.
• Equipment and human resources challenges: Securing the services of drilling rigs is increasingly difficult; delays may have an impact relating to expiry of the mineral rights; sizing of the rig may not be optimally suited for the specific well to be drilled.
• EUB regulatory delays: Due to the near doubling of the number of wells drilled in Alberta, applications for down spacing can take as long as four to six months to obtain.
• Economics and stability of gas price: Lower average productivity for gas wells drilled in the WCSB results in longer economic payout for each well.
• Cost of services: Costs associated with the production of CBM, and for the most part unconventional gas, are front-end loaded, making return on the investment vulnerable to the sustainability of resource production over the long term (15 to 20 years).