B.C. Re-writing Water Law As Fracturing Use Rises

B.C. Re-writing Water Law As Fracturing Use Rises by James Mahony, September 23, 2011, Daily Oil Bulletin
By far, hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells represents the largest use of water in B.C.’s oil and gas operations. … In Alberta, changes to the water-licensing regime are also on the way, Rob Renner, the province’s environment minister told the conference. The changes will involve a shift away from a prescriptive regime that often specified maximum-volume water withdrawals. “We are moving very aggressively toward a much more outcome-based regulatory system [that] assesses the combined impacts of existing, current and proposed new developments within particular regions,” he said. “Any acceleration of shale gas development in Alberta will have to be able to accommodate…the new frameworks.”

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