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Yukon, NWT developing frack regs

Both the Yukon and Northwest Territories governments are busy crafting regulations for fracking in Canada’s North.


Both the Yukon and Northwest Territories governments are busy crafting regulations for fracking in Canada’s North.

The regulations will follow the NWT’s Oil and Gas Operations Act, which came into force on April 1, 2014 at devolution.

A number of large exploration companies have already acquired the rights to drill in the Canol Shale, home to where some experts say is the source rock of the Norman Wells oil discovery, which has yielded millions of barrels of oil since it was discovered in the 1920s. 

As in most other jurisidictions, fracking has been a controversial practice in the North, with many residents concerned about the environmental aspects of the practice, which injects sand, water and chemical cocktails into shale rocks deep below ground levels unitl they split. 


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