Building Capacity to Build Trust: Key Challenges in Water Governance in Relation to Hydraulic Fracturing Report and Decision-Makers Brief
The use of water in hydraulic fracturing activity in Canada has not caused, but has certainly illuminated, the fractured nature of existing water governance arrangements. This report identifies the key water governance challenges specific to hydraulic fracturing across Canada (with a particular focus on British Columbia, New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, and Nova Scotia) and the knowledge gaps that need to be addressed to resolve such challenges. We present the challenges in four major themes:
- Theme 1: Capacity, transparency and accountability of regulators
- Theme 2: Scientific uncertainty regarding risks and cumulative effects
- Theme 3: Inclusion of Indigenous nations in water allocation decisions
- Theme 4: Community concern and sense of place.
The report closes by providing general research proposals that would close such knowledge gaps.
Citation: Moore, M-L, Shaw, K., Castleden, H. with Breiddal, R., Kot, M, and M. Murray. Building capacity to build trust: Key challenges for water governance in relation to hydraulic fracturing. Regional Snapshot Report prepared for: Canadian Water Network, Waterloo, ON.