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Petitions calls for ban on oil and gas drilling in Lethbridge, Alta.

No Drilling Lethbridge has amassed more than 11,000 signatures from residents opposed to drilling

EDMONTON—A group has delivered to the Alberta legislature petitions with more than 11,000 signatures from residents who are opposed to oil and gas exploration in their city.

Sheila Rogers with No Drilling Lethbridge gave the petitions to the city’s MLA, Greg Weadick, this week.

Rogers said the group had a massive response to its petition, which calls on the province to prohibit oil and gas drilling within the city limits of Lethbridge, Alta., about 200 kilometres southeast of Calgary.

GoldenKey Oil Inc. has secured mineral rights from Alberta Energy in an undeveloped area of southwest Lethbridge but has yet to apply to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to drill three oil wells on privately owned land within city limits.

The proposed wells are classified as sour wells, as they would be drilled through a sour geological formation, but would produce from a non-sour zone.

Rogers says the company’s mineral rights lease is set to expire and is up for renewal on March 24.

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