This report explores the known and potential impacts to water resources from shale gas extraction in British Columbia.
In a pursuit to uncover the relevance of the current regulatory environment in the province for water use and disposal in the oil and gas industry for shale gas extraction, this report shows that, in many cases, B.C.'s current approach to resource management and environmental protection are not adequate to deal with new pressures introduced by the anticipated pace of shale gas development.
This report therefore also provides recommendations for the ways in which B.C. can improve its planning and regulatory framework for shale gas development to provide better protection for the province's water resources.