Ontario facking rules need review, environment group urges by John Spears, October 24, 2012, Toronto Star
Ontario should close loopholes in its rules governing the handling of fluids used to extract natural gas, says an environment group. Ecojustice has written to environment commissioner Gord Miller asking him to review Ontario’s rules for fracking fluids. … Ecojustice says that the rules for handling and disposing of those liquids aren’t stringent enough, because they’re exempted from some conditions of the province’s waste regulations. That means they can disposed of by flushing into municipal sewage systems. The group wants the exemptions for fracking fluids eliminated, and wants the fluids to be treated under rules governing industrial waste or hazardous waste.
That would mean the fluids would have to be analyzed and tracked, and would have to be pre-treated to eliminate dangerous chemicals before being disposed of. [Emphasis added]