FOCUS: UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS — Canadian provinces follow US states in hydraulic fracing guidelines, rules

Canadian provinces, like some US states, are forming hydraulic fracturing guidelines and regulations in an ongoing attempt to avoid controversy regarding groundwater and surface water safety. Industry suggests contamination likely stems from poor wellbore construction and surface spills than fracing. British Columbia implemented mandatory public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids, similar to what some US states already have done. Other Canadian provinces are expected to follow. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) recently announced Canada-wide operating practices for its members regarding shale and tight gas hydraulic fracturing. CAPP supports p...

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