Alberta Peace Oilpatch Protest

Close to a dozen protestors including anti-oilpatch activist, Weibo Ludwig, have set up camp near a sour gas well north of his Trickle Creek farm near Hythe.

According to Ludwig, Canadian Superior Energy began testing flares at the well yesterday, prompting protesters to gather on public land just outside the fenced-in well.

Ludwig is said to have told reporters, the crowd peaked at about 60 people in the morning but by the end of the day was reduced by about 80 percent.

The protestors have put up signs, one including 20 pictures of malformed animals and aborted babies and Ludwig says they basically say, "This is the blood that has been spilled here, since you surrounded Trickle Creek with gas development.”

He claims the protesters, who also have a trailer on site are prepared to stay for weeks but he adds, "That depends how much sour gas comes out of the thing…we might have to evacuate."

The Vancouver Sun says the RCMP was advised of the protest, but it quotes Corporal Carol McKinley of the Grande Prairie detachment as saying “It’s my understanding that it’s a peaceful demonstration” and added “It is not impeding the traffic in the area nor the work that is being conducted at that particular well site.”

Ludwig claims Canadian Superior has ignored his group’s attempts to open up discussions with area residents to work out their concerns.

The company along with two others, EnCana and Seaview Energy last week requested a peace bond against Ludwig, his son Benjamin and Richard Boonstra.

If granted, the men could be ordered to keep a certain distance from their oilfield properties for one year.

However, the case was delayed, in Grande Prairie court, until March 24th, and latest information suggests thee trio is now planning to submit a cross bond.