CALGARY, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB or the
Board) will soon request companies regulated under the Canada Oil and
Gas Operations Act (COGOA) to publicly disclose information on the
fluids used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
Today the NEB signed an agreement with the BC Oil and Gas Commission,
and the US-based Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and
Gas Compact Commission to participate in the Fracfocus.ca website.
"We understand that Canadians demand that hydraulic fracturing be done
safely, responsibly and transparently," said Gaétan Caron, the Chair
and CEO of the National Energy Board. "Joining FracFocus.ca is another
step in making sure Canadians have ready access to important
information on the process and understand how the NEB promotes safety
and environmental protection for these types of activities."
The NEB will request regulated companies to disclose information on the
hydraulic fracturing practices and fluids they use in their operations
on the FracFocus.ca website 30 days after the hydraulic fracturing
operation has been completed. Under the Canada Petroleum Resources Act (CPRA), certain information is protected by privilege for up to two
years. NEB-regulated companies will be asked to sign a waiver allowing
disclosure of an operator's hydraulic fracturing chemicals on the
FracFocus.ca website prior to the end of the privilege period.
The NEB's full participation will become effective once necessary
website updates have been completed in early 2014.
The NEB has regulatory responsibilities under the COGOA and certain
provisions of the CPRA that include, in part, the regulation of oil and
gas exploration and activities on certain frontier lands and offshore
areas not covered by federal/provincial management agreements. These
regulatory responsibilities are currently administered to the Northwest
Territories, Nunavut, Arctic offshore, Hudson Bay, West Coast offshore,
Gulf of St. Lawrence, a portion of the Bay of Fundy and onshore Sable
The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several
parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and
protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to
regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public
interest. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit
This news release is available on the NEB's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!
SOURCE: Government of Canada
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