Dieppe Needs Answer Before Frack Waste Dump

7 08 2014

Dieppe needs answers before wastewater decision, mayor says

Atlantic Industrial Services in Debert, N.S., wants to dispose of 30M litres of fracking wastewater

CBC News Posted: Aug 07, 2014 1:47 PM AT Last Updated: Aug 07, 2014 1:47 PM AT

The mayor of Dieppe, N.B., says council needs answers before making a decision on whether to dispose of treated fracking wastewater from Nova Scotia.


Dieppe Mayor Yvon Lapierre says council will be better equipped to make a decision about accepting the treated fracking wastewater once all of its questions have been answered. (CBC)

Atlantic Industrial Services (AIS), a company that takes wastewater from other companies and treats it, needs to get rid of 30 million litres of wastewater currently being held in Debert, N.S., near Truro.

Officials in Debert have unanimously rejected allowing AIS to put the so-called flowback water into the town’s sewer system, so the company is looking to Dieppe as a disposal site.

Mayor Yvon Lapierre said he’s committed to protecting the city’s citizens and infrastructure, but it’s impossible to make a decision on the proposal without more information.

“Our staff have a list of questions to inquire about — Why is this practice been discontinued in Nova Scotia? Why is it that they want to come here? Why was this site selected? — a whole series of 14 questions that we have sent back to ministry of the environment that we are asking them to answer,” he said.

Lapierre said almost 50 questions have been sent regionally to New Brunswick’s environment minister.


​This AIS facility in Debert, N.S. was told it could not dispose of its treated fracking wastewater in the town’s sewer system. (Google Maps)

The Department of Environment is currently considering the environmental impacts of AIS’s proposal.

The company has proposed getting rid of the 30 million litres of wastewater over two years by shipping three tanker truck loads every day, five days a week.

“We haven’t closed the book. We’re saying, ‘answer our questions,'” said Lapierre.

“We don’t want this to be an emotional reaction, or a political reaction, so we’re trying to analyze the answers we expect to get and from there, council will be in a better position to make a decision.”

The provincial government has to approve the AIS’s environmental impact assessment before Dieppe council can even consider the project.

That assessment said the treated water “meets the Dieppe municipal sewer discharge criteria, and if released to the environment would pose no human health risk or environmental risk.”

In Debert, the municipal council rejected treated wastewater from the same company over concerns about high levels of sodium chloride and some radioactive material.

AIS says it has improved its treatment system to reduce those levels.

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One response

8 08 2014
Charles Aulds

“The rules for industry that were released in 2012 … said that ‘we will cross that wastewater bridge when we get there.’ And now, all of a sudden, the bridge is in front of us, [and] we’re reacting to a problem that was created in Nova Scotia.”

– Stephanie Merrill, Conservation Council of New Brunswick

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