Quebec Government Publishes Draft Utica Fracking Regulations

Although the primary focus of Marcellus Drilling News has always been on Marcellus and Utica Shale gas (and oil) as found in the northeastern U.S., the Utica Shale also underlies part of Canada’s Quebec province. And from time to time we highlight news concerning the Utica in Canada. There hasn’t been much news to highlight over the years since Quebec has had a moratorium on fracking at least as long as New York’s moratorium (NY’s ban as of today has been 9 years, 1 month and 29 days). But as we reported back in December, something of a minor miracle happened–the Quebec National Assembly voted to pass Bill 106, ostensibly to support Quebec’s “clean power plan” (see Fracking in Canadian Utica Shale Takes Big Step Closer to Reality). The bill includes a section that “lays out a framework for oil and gas development” in Quebec. Fracking will not begin immediately. The bill does, however, mean that new regulations will come along in 2017 and after that, it’s an almost certainty that fracking will begin. Those draft rules have finally been released (full copy of the 266-page document below), nearly 10 months later. Questerre Energy, which owns Canadian Utica leases in Quebec and has long lobbied get the government to allow Utica drilling, shares the good news that we have taken another step closer toward fracking in Quebec…

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