Building Capacity to Build Trust: Key Challenges for Water Governance in Relation to Hydraulic Fracturing

Date

2015

Authors

Moore, Michele-Lee
Shaw, Karena
Castleden, Heather
Breiddal, Rosanna
Kot, Megan
Murray, Mathew

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

Canadian Water Network

Abstract

This report identifies the key water governance challenges specific to hydraulic fracturing across Canada (with a particular focus on British Columbia, New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, and Nova Scotia) and those knowledge gaps that need to be addressed to resolve such challenges. It emphasizes that the use of water in hydraulic fracturing activity in Canada has not caused, but has certainly illuminated, the fractured nature of existing water governance arrangements. The authors conclude there is an urgent requirement for generative actions that build capacities for accountability, transparency, engaging and co- governing with Indigenous Nations and non-Indigenous communities, and making informed decisions. The report is based on research undertaken as part of one of five projects within the Canadian Water Network (CWN) hydraulic fracturing program. See CWN's 2015 Water and Hydraulic Fracturing Report for a high level assessment of program activities and identified knowledge gaps.

Description

This report identifies the key water governance challenges specific to hydraulic fracturing across Canada (with a particular focus on British Columbia, New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, and Nova Scotia) and the knowledge gaps that need to be addressed to resolve such challenges. We also seek to provide general research proposals that would close such gaps.

Keywords

Water Governance, Hydraulic Fracturing, transparency, Accountability, Scientific Uncertainty, Aboriginal Rights and Title, Community Concern

Citation

Moore, M-L., Shaw, K., Castleden, H., with Breiddal, R., Kot, M., and M. Murray. 2015. Regional Snapshot. Building Capacity for Building Trust: Key Challenges for Water Governance in Relation to Hydraulic Fracturing. Prepared for: Canadian Water Network,Waterloo,ON.