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Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board Releases draft Hydraulic Fracturing Directive

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) released for public comment a draft Hydraulic Fracturing Directive.

The ERCB is Alberta’s primary energy regulator and establishes the rules under which oil and gas development can take place.

The ERCB already has in place numerous directives that apply to hydraulic fracturing. However, given the increasing use of hydraulic fracturing technologies with horizontal drilling, the ERCB is proposing additional rules on subsurface activity during hydraulic fracturing operations.

The draft Hydraulic Fracturing Directive is proposing:

  • new requirements to prevent the loss of well integrity during hydraulic fracturing operations;
  • new
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CAPP Issues Latest Report on Hydraulic Fracturing

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers or CAPP recently issued its “Canada-Wide Hydraulic Fracturing Operating Practices.”  According to the CAPP website these operating practices are “designed to improve water management and water and fluids reporting for shale gas and tight gas development across Canada.”

This release follows CAPP’s “Guiding Principles for Hydraulic Fracturing” which it released in September of 2011.  Importantly, these guiding principles outline CAPP’s suggestions on public disclosure of hydraulic fracturing fluid.  With this, CAPP is the latest group to weigh in on the hydraulic disclosure rules.

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