3 Jun 2023
9:00 am

Cochrane Ranche

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This Saturday adventure, which begins in Cochrane, is a road trip where we will see various forms of magnificent glacial geology in the Cochrane & Lochend areas and also see a rapidly developing program of hydraulic fracking for oil in the Lochend area.

We will visit locations in the deeply incised glacial melt water channel which runs from Cochrane to Big Hill Springs Provincial Park and onwards into the northwest Lochend area. A similar melt water channel also occurs just south of the small village of Dog Pound. We will also see areas covered by glacial moraines characterized by knob & kettle topography and glacial drumlins. Small creeks and ponds occur in these channels and provide habitat for abundant water fowl. At a number of well pads we will stop for discussions of the energy industry and its significant environmental impact on ranches, farms and acreages in the area. Drilling and oil production is now occurring in an area of approximately 200 square kilometers.

There will also be the opportunity to see some active large gravel mining operations and the sites of a couple of planned gravel pits which will significantly impact the area. Gerry Bietz, President, Bighill Creek Preservation Society will tell us of their efforts to protect this environmentally unique and fragile area.


Tako Koning
Senior Petroleum Geologist

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