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Author Campbell, Karen, 1966-

Title Shale gas in British Columbia : risks to B.C.'s water resources / Karen Campbell, Matt Horne
Published Drayton Valley, Alta. : Pembina Institute, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (32 pages) : charts, digital file
Series desLibris. Documents collection
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Shale gas extraction: how it impacts water -- 2.1 Depleting water resources -- 2.1.1 Other stressors: droughts and hydrology changes -- 2.2 Water contamination risks -- 2.2.1 Sub-surface contamination risks -- 2.2.2 Surface contamination risks -- 2.2.3 Blow-out risks -- 3. Regulating water use by British Columbia's gas industry -- 3.1 Overview of the Oil and Gas Commission -- 3.2 Allocating water -- 3.2.1 Gaps in well regulation -- 3.2.2 Problems with short-term surface permits -- 3.2.3 Incomplete picture of oil and gas water use -- 3.2.4 Gaps in the oversight of water use in northeastern British Columbia -- 3.3 Reporting water withdrawals -- 3.4 Baseline data -- 3.5 Disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals -- 3.6 Disposal of flowback water -- 3.7 Enforcement and compliance -- 4. Developments in other jurisdictions -- 4.1 Disclosure -- 4.2 Hydraulic fracturing moratoriums -- 5. Recommendations
Summary British Columbia has been extracting natural gas for half of a century but until recently, conventional wisdom held that the province's economic gas reserves would be significantly depleted by 2020; the readily accessible gas was running out and other reserves were either too remote or too costly to extract. That notion has been challenged in the past several years because the costs of extracting hard-to-access sources of gas, notably shale gas, have dropped significantly. The impacts are far-reaching, as it is now known that B.C. is located on top of gas reserves that are significant not only provincially but also on a continental scale
Notes "September 2011."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Shale gas industry -- Environmental aspects -- British Columbia
Shale gas industry -- British Columbia -- Water-supply
British Columbia.
Form Electronic book
Author Horne, Matt
Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development
Other Titles Shale gas, risks to B.C.'s water resources
Risks to B.C.'s water resources