Fracking Well Regulated in B.C. Says Report
Prince George, B.C. – The practice of hydraulically fracturing gas wells (fracking) has raised concerns across BC but a new report by Ernst and Young says ” Overall, hydraulic fracturing is well regulated in B.C.” but there is room for improvement.
More than 75% of natural gas production in BC is done by fracking.
The study identified 23 areas which can be improved, including water use and protection, a key area of concern because of the amount of water used in the fracking process and the impact the chemicals added to that water may have on local water supplies. The other two major areas are:
- induced seismicity and
- quality of life disturbances.
Three major recommendation themes were outlined :
- enhancement of data collection and monitoring to ensure there is baseline testing and on going monitoring
- That the BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) work with the Ministry responsible for the Water Act and Water Sustainability Act so issues of water use and protection of ground water from contamination are properly addressed and enforced.
- BCOGC update or modify some elements of existing regulatory instruments to improve coverage of key issues.
The report also says there should be work done to look at the cumulative effects of fracking, and that industry do more to connect with the public through timely and direct communication.