Regulation of Fracking in Alberta Under Review

Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) announced on December 17th that it is accepting feedback on “the regulation of future unconventional resource development” until March 31, 2013. In its discussion paper, the ERCB has suggested a new regulatory approach that includes moving from well-by-well regulation to “play-focused regulation”, i.e. regulation focused on development within a defined area. Outcomes to be regulated include “public safety, water protection, air quality, waste management, surface impacts, resource conservation, and orderly development”. See the press release and backgrounder at: http://www.ercb.ca/about-us/media-centre/news-releases/2012/nr2012-13. The discussion paper, Regulating Unconventional Oil and Gas in Alberta, is at: http://www.ercb.ca/about-us/media-centre/news-releases/2012/nr2012-13.

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