The Torrington Hearing
April 3 - 6, 2006
As part of my education to better understanding the oil/gas biz, I attended all four days of this public hearing. It took six months for the EUB to rule in favor of EnCana Corporation's applications despite the many reasonable objections voiced against this unwelcome development.
I made several observations of my own over those four days. One example was how quick industry reps were to come over to talk to people they didn't know; like me. I realize now they were nothing more than industry spies planted in the crowd. At the time I was naive and probably told these spies more than I should have, even though I did tell them the truth.
Another thing I noted was that all the people representing industry interests were paid employees just doing their jobs. The people who were labelled as 'the interveners' were in attendance on their own time and their own dime. These interveners, who put in a lot of work and expenses into this process did so without any certainty of receiving compensation for their efforts.
This quasi-judicial process definitely does not make for an even playing field and is NOT much of an incentive for a landowner wanting to protect their family farming investments.