Lafarge Canada pitches use for fracking wastewater

Ashley Thompson
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Fracking wastewater stored in two holding ponds in Kennetcook may one day be put to use at a cement plant in Brookfield.

Lafarge Canada is interested in using the wastewater for cement production once it is treated at Atlantic Industrial Services (AIS) in Debert.

The company hopes to complete a trial study in the spring of 2014 that will determine if the treated wastewater can be used instead of fresh water drawn out of Shortt’s Lake, said Lafarge spokesperson Regan Watts.

Lori Errington, a spokesperson for Nova Scotia Environment, says nothing is set in stone yet.

“Currently, AIS is running the fracking wastewater in Debert through reverse osmosis to remove salt and other chemicals,” she said, noting that AIS must receive authorization from NSE before it transports any fracking wastewater.

“We’ll see what the test results from that process are and then we’ll determine what the options are for the water.”

Organizations: Atlantic Industrial Services, Lafarge Canada, Nova Scotia Environment

Geographic location: Debert, Kennetcook, Brookfield Hants County Nova Scotia West Hants East Hants

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