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New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing Publishes Recommendations

The Canadian Province of New Brunswick presently sources the majority of natural gas it consumes from the Sable Offshore Energy Project, but its production is slowing. The Frederick Brook shale is thought by some to contain vast reserves but it has yet to be drilled because in December 2014 the Government of New Brunswick placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.  In March 2015 it created the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing to determine if five conditions could be met to lift the moratorium.

The five conditions to lifting the moratorium are that there must be:

  • a social license in
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New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing seeks public input

In December 2014 the Government of New Brunswick placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. In March 2015 it created the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing to determine if five conditions could be met to lift the moratorium.

The moratorium will not be lifted unless there is:

  • a social license in place;
  • clear and credible information about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on public health, the environment and water, allowing the government to develop a country-leading regulatory regime with sufficient enforcement capabilities;
  • a plan in place that mitigates the impacts on public infrastructure and that addresses issues such as waste
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