Dr. Chalaturnyk weighs in on fracking
On May 1st, 2014, the Council of Canadian Academies (the Council) released a much-anticipated report commissioned by former Energy Minister Peter Kent to address increasing concerns regarding the matter of public safety in regards to unconventional resource recovery, particularly groundwater contamination and wastewater safety.
The Council is an arm's-length not-for-profit organization that supports independent, authoritative, and evidence-based expert assessments that inform public policy development in Canada. The report was commissioned to answer this question:
The interdisciplinary expert panel, which included Prof. Rick Chalaturnyk from Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, largely agreed that continued research and systemic monitoring is at the heart of responsible management of shale gas extraction and its impact on the environment. Prof. Chalaturnyk said in an early interview with CBC, "additional information needs to be collected to better understand and manage those impacts."
You can read the full report here.