CALGARY, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian natural gas producers today
announced new guiding principles for hydraulic fracturing that guide
water management and improved water and fluids reporting practices for
shale gas development in Canada. The principles were created by members
of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and apply to
all CAPP natural gas producing members, large and small, operating in
"Protecting Canada's water resources is fundamental to our social
licence to operate and to grow," said CAPP president Dave Collyer.
"Canada's upstream industry has a strong track record as a safe and
reliable producer of natural gas. With the increase in natural gas
production from unconventional sources such as shale, Canadians have
told us they want more information as to how industry uses and protects
water. We respect that request, and these CAPP principles articulate
our water management objectives and water protection practices, as well
as our focus on improving our water performance over time."
CAPP's guiding principles for hydraulic fracturing apply in all
jurisdictions in which the upstream industry operates in Canada. They
were created with the understanding that some provinces are working on
regulation, and we expect the principles to complement potential future
CAPP's Guiding Principles for Hydraulic Fracturing
Canada's shale gas and tight gas industry supports a responsible
approach to water management and is committed to continuous performance
improvement. Protecting our water resources during sourcing, use and
handing is a key priority for our industry. We support and abide by all
regulations governing hydraulic fracturing operations, water use and
In addition, we commit to following these guiding principles for
We will safeguard the quality and quantity of regional surface and
groundwater resources, through sound wellbore construction practices,
sourcing fresh water alternatives where appropriate, and recycling
water for reuse as much as practical.
We will measure and disclose water use with the goal of continuing to
reduce our effect on the environment.
We will support the development of fracturing fluid additives with the
least environmental risks.
We will support the disclosure of fracturing fluid additives.
We will continue to advance, collaborate on and communicate technologies
and best practices that reduce the potential environmental risks of
Canada has abundant unconventional natural gas resources, including
shale gas. Technological innovations, particularly horizontal
multi-well pad drilling and hydraulic fracturing, have made it possible
for industry to economically develop shale gas resources in tight rock
formations. The application of hydraulic fracturing technology requires
the use of significant quantities of water, which necessitates
increased focus by industry on both water use and water quality.
"The Canadian natural gas industry supports all regulations that govern
hydraulic fracturing, water use and water protection, because we
recognize water is a valuable resource," said Michael McAllister,
executive vice-president of Encana. "Strong regulations exist in
regions of active unconventional gas development. Similar regulations
are being developed in regions with an emerging unconventional natural
gas sector, to ensure protection of water resources and provide the
public confidence that these resources are being developed
The guiding principles for hydraulic fracturing are available on CAPP's
website at capp.ca. CAPP is also developing recommended practices to support the guiding
principles for hydraulic fracturing. For example, a recommended
practice describing CAPP member companies' requirements for disclosure
of fracturing fluid additives is under development. These recommended
practices will be available on CAPP's website as each is finalized.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents
companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce
natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies
produce more than 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil.
CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support
the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's
members and associate members are an important part of a national
industry with revenues of about $100 billion-a-year. CAPP's mission is
to enhance the economic sustainability of the Canadian upstream
petroleum industry in a safe and environmentally and socially
responsible manner, through constructive engagement and communication
with governments, the public and stakeholders in the communities in
which we operate.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
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