Fracking and Water Use in Alberta: A Critical Review
In Alberta, there is an endless debate over environmental conservation and economic development. This article bridges this gap by recognizing the need for water conservation and, at the same time, proposing a regulatory framework that promotes innovation while still facilitating energy development. The current legislative and regulatory frameworks were not designed to address or manage the risks that fracking poses to Alberta’s water scarcity, such as the removal of vast quantities of water from the hydrological cycle. Fracking and its water use in Alberta should be regulated differently so that Alberta can more effectively steward its freshwater resources. While implementing regulatory measures to effectively steward Alberta’s water resources, policymakers should simultaneously strengthen Alberta’s energy industry.
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