Fracking takes only 3 to 4 days of an oil or gas well’s 20 to 30 year lifecycle. 

Each phase of an oil and gas well’s lifecycle is governed by legislation, regulations and/or guidelines. Permits and approvals must be obtained prior to the initiation of activities that disturb the land surface.

While hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a very short phase of an oil or gas well’s 20 to 30 year lifecycle, the process is labour and equipment intensive. The oil and gas companies that own the well and the frac companies that conduct fracking take the utmost care to minimize the potential hazards and nuisances to the landowner and nearby communities. Producer companies and frac companies have established guiding principles and codes of conduct to guide company behavior while fracking.


The industry is continually seeking opportunities to establish and maintain communication with all those affected by their activity. In Alberta, Synergy Groups have been established to facilitate constructive dialogue between community members, landowners, business owners, the oil and gas industry and regulators to find solutions for local issues.

Does fracking cause groundwater contamination?

Can tap water be lit on fire because of fracking?

How are spills prevented during fracking?

What is being done to mitigate anomalous induced seismicity?

Can fracking cause earthquakes?

How is water allocated for fracking?

How long does fracking take?

What happens to the flowback fluid?

How is water managed in the fracking process?

Are there rules for fracking in Canada?

How much water is required to frac a well?

What is frac fluid made of?

What is fracking?

Why do we frac?

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