End Austrian investments in Quebec’s oil!

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The purpose of this operation is to discourage the Austrian investment fund Lansdowne Partners Austria (Lansdowne) from continuing its massive investments in oil and gas in Quebec, by approaching investors directly. This could put an end to the Galt project and the pilot fracturing projects in the St. Lawrence Valley.

Utica Resources (Utica) tried last year to buy Junex with the help of Lansdowne. Utica and Lansdowne are doing it again this year and, officially, the transaction could be completed by the end of August 2019. We hope that the massive volume of emails and the content of each of them will discourage them from investing in Quebec and block the transaction that would transfer the Quebec assets of Cuda (the oil company that swallowed Junex last year) into Utica’s hands.

Exploration permits in the Gaspé Peninsula as at March 10, 2019.
In pink: the Junex permits that now belong to Cuda.
In blue: the permits of Munderegina, a company of Mario Lévesque, the manager of Utica.
Most colorless permits no longer exist.
Source : SIGPEG

Lansdowne owns 4.95% of the outstanding shares of Questerre. Lansdowne is therefore making a significant contribution to the implementation of a pilot fracturing project in the St. Lawrence Valley, as well as to the lawsuit against the Government of Quebec to lift the ban on fracturing in shale.

Exploration permits in the St. Lawrence Valley, August 2019.
In colour: permits in which Lansdowne has an interest, except for some in purple.
In purple: the Intragaz permits, the southwestern part of which now belongs to Utica.
In pink: the Junex permits that now belong to Cuda.
In bland yellow: Repsol’s permits, which now belong to Questerre.
In greenish yellow, to the south: the Questerre permit.
Source: SIGPEG

In total, if the transaction with Cuda were to close, Lansdowne would own interests in more than half of the exploration permits in the Gaspé Peninsula and the St. Lawrence Valley.

The operation also aims to remove Total Exploration and Production USA (Total) from Utica’s operations. Total’s vice-president, Jean De Ridder, sits as a director of Utica’s main branch, according to the Registrar of Companies. He also acts as a lobbyist before the National Assembly and various ministries.

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