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It is Stampede time in Calgary.  Over a million people attend the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth every year and it includes the biggest outdoor rodeo.  These are ten days when a sophisticated world energy center takes off its suits and dons western garb, reminding everyone why we are called Cowtown.     

Argentineans may differ, but in Alberta we think our beef is the best in the world.  I have out of town guests from Quebec this week for the Stampede and I always serve my guests world famous Alberta grass-fed beef.  It’s always a full size steak and mostly when it hits their plate, they think they won’t be able to eat it all, but after they taste it, mostly they do. And they always tell me they love it (because if they didn’t I might not invite them back). 

I cook the steaks myself on my BBQ which is connected directly to the natural gas line. It’s the same natural gas that we export to Quebec and it comes from deep under some of the very same fields that our famous grass-fed beef ranges on.  In some places the cattle feed right up to the fences of the natural gas wells and production equipment.

My guests and I drink the tap water in Calgary too. The Bow River flows right past the famous Jumping Pound gas plant and several gas fields that haven’t affected the water quality at all.  In a recent environmental report, Calgary was rated the number one city in North America for being a leader in water issues management.  I remind my guests that they are drinking Rocky Mountain spring water delivered right to our tap for a fraction of the cost of bottled water. 

No matter what you may have seen in Gasland, in Alberta we don’t contaminate the water or the food we give our own children.  If we did you can be sure Alberta farmers wouldn’t be letting us on their land.  We won’t contaminate the water in Quebec either and if we do, the farmers there won’t let us on the land either. 

Speaking of Gasland, you should go to this link to find out that its producer didn’t think it was relevant to mention that methane (natural gas) is found naturally in ground water.  He knew all along you can light tap water on fire in many places long before fraccing started including in the St. Lawrence Lowlands.  

Natural gas is called natural gas because its natural and it has no impact on the health of humans or cattle for that matter (who produce a little of it themselves).