3rd Session, 61st General Assembly
60 Elizabeth II, 2011
First Reading: April 1, 2011
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Hydraulic Fracturing Act.
(a) "hydraulic fracturing" means an operation in which a specially blended liquid is pumped down a well and into a formation under pressure high enough to cause the formation to crack open and form passages through which oil, gas or water can flow into the well bore;
3 The Minister shall hold public consultations that include an opportunity for stakeholders within industry and interested members of the public for input to and open dialogue with the Government of the Province respecting hydraulic fracturing.
4 (1) Following the consultations, the Minister shall recommend to the House of Assembly legislative and regulatory measures that address whether hydraulic should be permitted in the Province and, if so, under what conditions permits for hydraulic fracturing should be issued.
(3) No permit may be issued for hydraulic fracturing in the Province until such time as the enactment of the recommended legislative and regulatory measures allowing hydraulic fracturing to take place.