Fracking Regulations Public Meetings
April 13, 2015
The GNWT has issued draft fracking regulations for public discussion over 90 days between April and June 2015. It is expected that the regulations will come into effect by the fall of 2015.
The GNWT’s draft fracking regulations will apply to new applications to frack for exploration and production. They are part of regulations under the Oil and Gas Operations Act and the Petroleum Resources Act, and National Energy Board Filing Requirements. These relationships are unclear in the information released thus far.
The draft regulations actually include many parts of the existing National Energy Board Filing Requirements word for word, but some regulatory requirements are left out entirely.
The meetings are presented as an opportunity to comment on the regulations, even though no evaluation has been done of whether fracking should go ahead at all.
A fact sheet is available providing background and outlining issues related to the draft fracking regulations.
Citizens are urged to attend the public meetings and present their views on whether fracking should proceed. See a list of public meetings on the GNWT website.