risks of fracking

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Fracking in Canada is highly regulated, with extensive governmental oversight and self-imposed industry best-practices.

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The risk of well integrity failures are similar to other areas of risk for hydraulic fracturing—the risks tend to be quite low.

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Nova Scotia’s government recently announced it would table legislation to establish a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) for the production of natural gas in the province. The ban, which follows a lengthy report on the safety of hydraulic fracturing, is indefinite, but not permanent. (One is reminded of the saying that there is nothing more permanent than a temporary tax.).