Northwest Territories looking for more disclosure of fracking chemicals

“We as northerners have a right to know what the best practices are, that we will know clearly what we are allowing industry to put in the ground to assist with the shale gas production,” he told the public broadcaster. “It’s an imminently reasonable request.” 

For example while fracking two horizontal wells in Tulita, approximately 700 kilometres north of Fort Nelson, ConocoPhillips must disclose all the chemicals it uses, but not those considered to be “trade secrets”. Alberta oil patch consultant Jessica Ernst says those undisclosed chemicals can especially be an issue in the north. 

“If a worker is covered in chemicals, how is the hospital to deal with that emergency or that person, how is the helicopter pilot to cope if he is flying a victim in a chopper, which often happens in remote areas, how is that pilot to cope with breathing in the chemicals coming off that patient,” she tells the CBC. 

Miltenberger hopes the government’s guidelines will be available for public review this fall.

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