CAPP Members Voluntarily Adopt Hydraulic Fracturing Practices

Canadian natural gas producers have voluntarily adopted industrywide hydraulic fracturing practices in response to concerns over hydraulic fracturing's environmental impact, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) reported Monday.

Gas producers will now disclose, on a well by well basis, the chemical ingredients in fracturing fluid additives. Under the new practices, producers also will

  • Develop well-specific risk management plans for hydraulic fracturing fluid additives; Develop water sampling programs and participate in regional groundwater monitoring program
  • Ensure that wellbores are designed and installed in a manner that maintains integrity, and that remedial plans are in place in the event a wellbore in compromised
  • Safeguard surface water and groundwater quantity by monitoring withdrawals and collecting and reporting water use data
  • Identify and mitigate risk to transporting, storing and disposing of fluids

All information disclosed will also be made available to the public.

The new practices are intended to improve water management and water and fluids reporting for shale gas and tight gas development across Canada, CAPP said in a statement.

Developed by gas producers, the practices apply to all CAPP members exploring for and producing natural gas in Canada.

"Applying these new operating practices will contribute to improving our environmental performance and transparency over time, both of which contribute to stronger understanding of industry activity and better relationships with the public, stakeholders and government," said CAPP President Dave Collyer.

The operating practices unveiled this week support the Guiding Principles for Hydraulic Fracturing released in September of last year.

"With increased focus on fracturing from coast-to-coast, the Canadian industry wants to be at the forefront of transparency and to establish clear and consistent practices across the country," Collyer commented.

CAPP's member companies produce more than 90 percent of Canada's oil and natural gas.

Canada's oil and gas industry has increased its focus on developing gas in areas once thought difficult to produce, including tight gas, shale gas, offshore gas and gas derived from coal, as gas supply from easier to produce sources are in decline, CAPP noted.

However, shale gas exploration efforts in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have created concerns among local residents and government officials that hydraulic fracturing may negatively impact local water supplies and the environment.

In 2011, Quebec's provincial government halted shale gas exploration until a full environmental study into hydraulic fracturing was completed.

Canada is estimated to have technically recoverable shale gas resources of 388 Tcf, according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


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