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Nova Scotia moves forward with fracked wastewater reuse project


Nova Scotia (N.S.) is moving forward with its pilot project to test the use of treated wastewater from fracking, following a series of community consultations where some residents expressed health concerns and general disdain for the underground drilling technique.

Some 25 million litres of fracked wastewater is being stored in N.S. holding ponds at facilities in Debert and Kennetcook. As an initial part of the pilot project, officials performed independent laboratory results that showed the filtered water meets disposal guidelines set by Health Canada and the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. Now, about two million litres of wastewater is being trucked over a three-week period to a Lafarge Canada cemnt plant in Truro, N.S., where it will be used as a coolant in the kiln, evaporating at 700°C.

“After considering the community’s concerns and reviewing the tests on the treated water, I am satisfied that this pilot project can proceed safely,” N.S. Environment Minister Randy Delorey said during an April 16, 2014 community meeting that attracted about 50 area residents

Lafarge indicated that it will test its equipment for residual inorganic materials before and after using the wastewater, addressing one of the major concerns raised by community residents.  

No fracking fluids are believed to have been shipped into Nova Scotia for processing since 2011.

In December 2013, N.S. passed Bill 5, the Importation of Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Prohibition Act, into law. Check out the details of the Importation of Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Prohibition Act on EcoLog. 


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