Posted by: Bob Payne | September 16, 2011

BC government must rein in shale gas industry, says enviro group

The Clark government must step up its monitoring and regulation of B.C.’s rapidly expanding natural gas industry if it hopes to protect the province’s water supplies and honour its own climate change commitments, says a Vancouver-based environmental group. In two reports released today, The Pembina Institute makes the case that the province’s current oversight and regulation of the natural gas industry is outdated. According to Matt Horne, director of the Pembina Institute’s B.C. Energy solution program, with the development of new drilling techniques, such as hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) and directional drilling, the last few years have seen significant expansion of natural gas exploration and extraction in B.C. and across North America.

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