Frustrated with the media coverage and perception that New Brunswick should not move forward with a shale gas industry because of issues related to our ability to treat waste water, Fundy Engineering, under a grant from NRC-IRAP, researched best available waste water technologies, and emerging technologies, used in the shale gas industry. We focused on considering only those technologies that would work in New Brunswick given our unique groundwater, geology and regulatory regime. We identified technologies that we should consider in NB, and were moving into Phase II of the project (bench testing NB Frack water) when the moratorium was announced. This effectively stopped the momentum we had built with stakeholders and regulators on this initiative. We wish to discuss our findings and also be an example of how a New Brunswick Company stands to benefit (i.e. innovation, IP, R&D, product development, supply chain opportunities) from the development of this industry.
Further, we believe New Brunswick can position itself as a world leader in how we treat and manage the environmental issues related to this industry. I welcome the opportunity to present our findings when the Commission holds it's meeting in Saint John.
Submitted by: Tim A. Ryan, Fundy Engineering, Saint John, NB