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Michele Crawford

Employer: EnCana
Position: Environmental Services Student
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Dates: May 1 to August 31, 2006

This summer I worked as an Environmental Services Summer Student for EnCana Corporation, an oil and gas company focused in Calgary with operations around the world.  Most of my time was spent in the office with approximately one day a week out in the field.  I worked with six other environmental advisors in the Canadian Plains Region of the Environmental Services at EnCana and completed a variety of projects for each advisor.  My main project was to look at reclamation costs for certified well sites by gathering data from accounting database and a number of other business and software applications to form a spreadsheet.  I then analyzed the data and presented my results to the team at the end of the summer.  This information indicated cost trends that will be used in the future for setting budgets.  I also created excel spreadsheets with data comparing three labs contracted by EnCana for testing.  This information will be used to find out which lab is the most qualified for EnCana.  Some of my other projects involved analyzing old spill techniques in the Weyburn area, generating money forms for projects, writing up a pipeline right-of-way report as well as some filing. 

But my favorite and most anticipated part of the job was going out into the field.  I went to a few pipeline construction kick-off meetings, monitored some remediation and reclamation projects, attended various business unit meetings, participated in a pipeline right-of-way monitoring and even saw a demonstration of some of the latest low-impact amphibious equipment.  I also flew up to the Cold Lake area to see the SAGD process, and took part in a team building day of white water rafting.

Needless to say, it was an absolutely jam-packed summer!  I learned so much about the environmental and other aspects of the oil and gas industry.  The only downfall of my position was that there was such a huge learning curve, and I would have loved to stay there longer than four months just to learn more.  It was a relief to find out that the people working at EnCana were very knowledgeable and passionate about their jobs.  I found the work atmosphere to be very stimulating and everyone to be very helpful.  This job succeeded in opening my eyes to the realm of possibilities in the oil and gas industry for an environmental graduate.