The Canadian province of New Brunswick has appointed a three
person Commission to study if the moratorium on hydraulic
fracturing should be lifted. In December 2014 the provincial
government introduced amendments to the Oil and Gas Act that placed
a moratorium on all types of hydraulic fracturing in New Brunswick
following wide-spread public protests. The moratorium will not be
a social license is in place;
there is clear and credible information about the impacts of
hydraulic fracturing on public health, the environment and water,
allowing the government to develop a country-leading regulatory
regime with sufficient enforcement capabilities;
a plan is in place that mitigates the impacts on public
infrastructure and that addresses issues such as waste water
a process is in place to respect the duty of the provincial
government to consult with First Nations; and
a mechanism is in place to ensure that benefits are maximized
for New Brunswickers, including the development of a proper royalty
The Commission, consisting of a former Chief Justice and two
academics, is to report back to the provincial government with its
key findings within one year.
New Brunswick is believed to have approximately 80 TCF of in place
gas in the Frederick Brook formation.
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