The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (“CAPP”) recently issued Guiding Principles for Hydraulic Fracturing (“hydrofracking“) operations that emphasize public disclosure and the protection of water resources. CAPP President, Dave Collyer, stated that the guidelines are intended to address concerns regarding water use. The guidelines set a priority on recycling water for reuse and for public disclosures regarding the quantity of water used in hydrofracking operations. 

In addition, the recommended practice of disclosing fracturing fluid additives is under development and will be released on CAPP’s website when finalized. Fluid additives range from various oil- and water-based alternatives to complex polymeric substances with a multitude of additives.

The guidelines are meant to apply in all jurisdictions and will complement existing and future regulatory requirements.