The Government of Alberta has released a Water
Conservation Action Plan which includes short and
long-term strategic actions to protect groundwater from the risks
associated with hydraulic fracturing operations.
The Plan outlines 20 short-term and five long-term actions that are
intended to help protect Alberta's groundwater during oil and
gas development. With respect to hydraulic fracturing, Environment
and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) in
collaboration with Alberta Energy and the Alberta Energy Regulator
expand the water conservation and allocation policy presently
in place for oilfield injection to include water conservation
measures for hydraulic fracturing, with the new policy to be
finalized in early 2015; and
develop and implement science-based standards for baseline
water well testing near hydraulic fracturing operations, with the
new standards to be in place in early 2015.
In the long-term, ESRD will develop a regional approach to
regulating hydraulic fracturing by considering the surrounding
geological conditions of each region, which conditions can vary
considerably across the province.
ESRD held 30 community meetings and consulted broadly in 2013 on
how Albertans want to enhance groundwater protection. The Action
Plan is meant to address some of the concerns raised in the
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