Decision-Makers' Brief—Building Capacity to Build Trust: Key Challenges for Water Governance in Relation to Hydraulic Fracturing

October 2015

This decision-makers' brief outlines and summarizes the results of a recent in‐depth research review on water governance challenges specific to hydraulic fracturing across Canada. It identifies some of the primary concerns associated with the current approach to management and governance, and offers specific actions to help address the emerging challenges. The brief is primarily focused on British Columbia, New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, and Nova Scotia, but also informed by developments in Alberta and Quebec. It highlights a number of key actions required for decision‐makers to consider when addressing governance challenges related to water and hydraulic fracturing.

The brief is based on research undertaken as part of one of five projects within the Canadian Water Network hydraulic fracturing program, particularly research informing the Regional Snapshot Report: Building Capacity to Build Trust: Key Challenges for Water Governance in Relation to Hydraulic Fracturing (October, 2015).

Author(s): 
Michele-Lee Moore, Rosie Simms, Oliver M. Brandes, Karena Shaw, and Heather Castleden

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