CALGARY, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Petroleum
Producers today announced new Canada-wide hydraulic fracturing
operating practices designed to improve water management and water and
fluids reporting for shale gas and tight gas development across Canada.
"The hydraulic fracturing operating practices demonstrate the Canadian
natural gas industry's continued efforts to ensure responsible resource
development and protection of Canada's water resources," said CAPP
President Dave Collyer. "Applying these new operating practices will
contribute to improving our environmental performance and transparency
over time, both of which contribute to stronger understanding of
industry activity and better relationships with the public,
stakeholders and government."
Developed by natural gas producers, the hydraulic fracturing operating
practices apply to all CAPP members exploring for and producing natural
gas in Canada.
In September 2011, CAPP announced the industry's Guiding Principles for
Hydraulic Fracturing, which obligate CAPP members to sound wellbore
construction, fresh water alternatives, recycling where feasible,
voluntary water reporting, fracturing fluid disclosure, and technical
advancement and collaboration. The operating practices announced today
support the guiding principles for hydraulic fracturing and strengthen
industry's focus on continuous performance improvement.
Natural gas from unconventional formations is abundant and found across
Canada. CAPP expects the hydraulic fracturing operating practices to
inform and complement regulatory requirements.
CAPP Hydraulic Fracturing Operating Practices
Canada's shale 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
handling is a key priority for our industry. We support and abide by
all regulations governing hydraulic fracturing operations, water use
In addition, we commit to following these operating practices for
Fracturing Fluid Additive Disclosure
Purpose: To disclose on a well-by-well basis the chemical ingredients in
fracturing fluid additives which are identified on Material Safety Data
Sheets (MSDS) for each additive, including trade names, general purpose
and concentrations. This information will be made publicly available.
Fracturing Fluid Risk Assessment and Management
Purpose: To better identify and manage the potential health and
environmental risks associated with fracturing fluid additives and
ultimately increase the market demand for more environmentally sound
fracturing fluids. The process for developing well-specific risk
management plans for hydraulic fracturing fluid additives will be made
Baseline Groundwater Testing
Purpose: To develop domestic water well sampling programs and to
participate in regional groundwater monitoring programs; establish a
process for addressing stakeholder concerns regarding water well
performance; and to continue to collaborate with government and other
Wellbore Construction and Quality Assurance
Purpose: To ensure that wellbores are designed and installed in a manner
that maintains integrity before hydraulic fracturing begins, including
creating a continuous cement barrier to protect groundwater and
developing remedial plans in the unlikely event that a wellbore is
compromised. Wellbore construction and quality assurance practices will
be made publicly available as they relate to this practice.
Water Sourcing, Measurement and Reuse
Purpose: To safeguard surface water and groundwater quantity by
assessing and measuring water sources, ensuring no withdrawal limits
are exceeded, monitoring water sources as required to demonstrate the
sustainability of the source; and collecting and reporting water use
data. Water measurement, sourcing and reuse practices will be made
Fluid Transport, Handling, Storage and Disposal
Purpose: To identify, evaluate and mitigate potential risks related to
the transport, handling, storage and disposal of fluids (i.e.
fracturing fluids, produced water, flowback water and fracturing fluid
wastes) and ensure a quick response to accidental spills. Fluid
transport, handling, storage and disposal practices will be made
"The establishment of Canada-wide hydraulic fracturing principles and
practices is part of the natural gas industry's ongoing efforts to
ensure safe development of Canada's shale gas resources," Collyer said.
"Shale gas can and is produced responsibly every day across Canada and
the United States with almost 200,000 wells fractured in Western Canada
over the last 60 years. With increased focus on fracturing from
coast-to-coast, the Canadian industry wants to be at the forefront of
transparency and to establish clear and consistent practices across the
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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