Three questions with Michael Binnion
Recent politics aside, Questerre CEO has confidence in Quebec shale gas
Why get involved with touring Quebec residents around oil and gas operations in Alberta?
Opponents organize bus trips to Pennsylvania, then come back and report it’s a disaster zone. They report things like livestock are dying and people are getting cancer. It’s quite a lot of exaggeration. Rather than try and argue how things are in Pennsylvania, which I don’t actually know first-hand, ask the question: Why would one look to Pennsylvania for how we do oil and gas in Canada? Why not look to Alberta to see how things are going to be done in Canada?
What role will public sentiment play in building an oil and gas industry in Quebec?
With the Internet, social media, lack of trust of experts, so on and so forth, it’s not easy to do anything anymore – especially something that’s slightly controversial – without a social license to operate. If people don’t have a sense that this is generally good for them, I don’t see how you can get these projects done. So, I would call it in the neighborhood of essential.
Will Questerre re-evaluate its position in Quebec if the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing is extended?
Early 2014 is what I call the check-in date. Let’s just look at early 2014: Is the [Quebec environmental commission] report done? What are the conclusions if it is done? At that time we’ll have a more realistic idea of when we think this will go forward. I’m of the view that unquestionably it will go forward, but it could be a long time.