Did you know that Rachel Notley made it part of her election platform to review hydraulic fracking because there is “no legislation” for it?
And now a recent earthquake 14km away from Fox Creek has caused the NDP to renew their election promise of reviewing the process.
But the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has Directive 083 in place which outlines the requirements for managing subsurface integrity.
One of the Premier’s main concerns is water integrity, but the AER also incorporates the Water Act which focuses on protecting Alberta’s water.
The United States Geological Survey, the government run body of professionals in the United States that both record and research induced seismic activity, have shown the actual fracking process is not causing the majority of induced seismic events. They have made connections to waste water disposal wells, but the associated events are both rare and minor with average magnitudes of under 3.
Studies show that the majority of induced earthquakes are not due to fracking. Even if you believe that waste water injection causes earthquakes, the events are minor and no cause for alarm.
Plus, the benefits of extracting hydrocarbons with fracking outweigh the risks.
The AER already regulates hydraulic fracking. Why is the NDP government calling for a review of the procedures when there is already extensive information out there?
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