A panel report on the potential environmental impacts of shale gas exploration, extraction and development in Canada has been finalized but will not see the light of day until after May 1, 2014.
In 2011, then federal Environment Minister Peter Kent asked the Council of Canadian Academies—an independent, not-for-profit supporting evidence-based expert assessments—to surmise the “state of knowledge” on shale gas development in Canada, the “associated mitigation options” and investigate what environmental impacts could occur from its expansion.
“Extraction of this resource has become more cost-effective in recent years, in part due to advances in both hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and horizontal drilling,” the CCA stated in their progress report.
“Because of both the reported benefits and drawbacks of this potential energy source, shale gas has become an important public policy issue for Canadians,” they state.
The panel has been lead by John A. Cherry
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