PUBLIC MEETING – Hydraulic Fracturing Filing Regulations

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, an information session on the Hydraulic Fracturing Filing Regulations will be held in Fort Simpson, NT from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Fort Simpson Recreation Centre.  This meeting is being presented by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) – Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI).

The resource sector is the single largest contributor to the NWT economy.  The NWT has world-class oil and natural gas reserves and has had an active petroleum industry for a century.  Mining has created more than 28,000 jobs and produced $46 billion in minerals since the early 1930s.

In 2014, the GNWT signed the Devolution¹ agreement with the Canadian federal government with the result that land and water rights management was moved to the GNWT.  With this transfer, the GNWT inherited regulations from the National Energy Board (NEB) and other federal government bodies.

The GNWT reviewed these, found them inadequate and drafted a new set of regulations to better reflect northern priorities and provide greater certainty.  This draft document will be presented to the public through a series of public meetings, one of which will be on Tuesday, April 21 in Fort Simpson.  The government is looking for additional feedback so the new regulation will reflect the priorities of the people.

The proposed new regulations set out the filing requirements for industry with four new requirements designed to meet northern priorities:

baseline surface and groundwater information
public disclosure
measures to address air quality
enhanced reporting

To learn more, visit:  http://www.iti.gov.nt.ca/infopage/hydraulic-fracturing-filing-regulations-information

These documents will help you understand the proposed changes and give you some background to better understand those changes.

proposed_regulations_clean

final_plain_language_summary_hf_regulations

final_news_release_-_proposed_hf_regulations.docx

final_backgrounder_-_environmental_assessment_coordination.docx

faq_apr17

monitoring_and_research_related_to_hydraulic_fracturing_in_the_nwt

final_nwt_regulatory_system_at_a_glance

backgrounder_-_proposed_hf_regs_docx

final_backgrounder_-_monitoring_and_research

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¹Devolution is the statutory granting of powers from the central government of a sovereign state to government at a sub-national level, such as a regional, local, or state level. It is a form of decentralization. Devolved territories have the power to make legislation relevant to the area. Wikipedia

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