The Atlantica Centre for Energy releases an update on natural gas development.
This report was released in June 2015 and explores the composition and expected volume of wastewater occurring from natural gas development. It also outlines the regulatory standards in place. Key terminology is defined to give readers a clear definition of terms used by the industry. A thorough review of treatment options is discussed and a comparison to other wastewaters is provided.
Jupia Consultants prepared a concise report with eight key findings regarding the historical, current and future sources of natural gas for the region, and the increase in demand over the timeframe. Of note is the increase in demand since the introduction of natural gas to the Maritimes, and the dependence on this clean-burning fuel. With the steep decline in production offshore Nova Scotia and bans/moratoriums onshore, the report looks at alternate supply sources and implications of each.
This discussion paper looks at how natural gas has developed in North America, the differences in geology, plus rules and regulations across various shale fields. It includes sections on the environment, health, safety, economy and community implications of developing the natural resource in New Brunswick.
Developing Atlantic Canada’s oil and gas reserves has the potential to transform New Brunswick from a have-not province to an economic powerhouse like Saskatchewan, a federal committee researching the industry has heard.
Colleen Mitchell, president of Atlantica Centre for Energy, told a bipartisan panel delving into the cross-Canada benefits of further developing the oil and gas industry that the royalties Saskatchewan receives from the oil and gas sector roughly equate to New Brunswick’s equalization payments. Telegraph Journal, March 10, 2014
In recent months the supply of natural gas in the mid and longer term has emerged as an issue of concern for other energy analysts, potential investors in our region and regional consumers of natural gas. The two principal factors that that are causing this concern are:
- Existing natural gas production from Nova Scotia's offshore is projected to end in 8-13 years.
- Access to liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Canaport LNG has become constrained given that LNG shipments garner multiples of the price in Europe and Asia than they can achieve in North America.
This paper has been prepared to help industry, government and the broader public understand the changing natural gas landscape in the region. It provides an overview of the global, continental and regional supply dynamics for this important source of energy. It also discusses a range of scenarios that may emerge in the coming years and their associated impacts, challenges and opportunities.
Based on the research in this paper, the “post Sable Island/Deep Panuke” environment for the supply scenario of natural gas is uncertain. The region's supply of natural gas could be comprised of imported gas from Marcellus and Utica shale (United States) and western Canada and/or it could come from a potential indigenous onshore gas development backstopped by natural gas from Canaport LNG. An outbound LNG liquefaction plant to export gas could provide the base load of gas to supply the region and foster the time and space for the local natural gas industry to develop.
The Atlantica Centre for Energy’s objective in producing this mini-paper is to provide the greater policy community with an instrument of information to advance the dialogue with New Brunswick’s troubled natural gas distribution system. Principally, the Centre believes that New Brunswick’s public interest is best served when natural gas provides the greatest benefits to the widest base of people in the province. A slow-paced rollout of residential gas infrastructure and a primary focus on the economic development potential from gas is in the best interest of New Brunswickers. The Centre also believes that further professionalizing and resourcing the New Brunswick Energy and Utility Board is vital to ensure confidence in the province’s energy regulatory regime.