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Fracking waste set to be removed from Nova Scotia town

About five million litres of waste water is currently being stored in Debert, N.S., near Halifax



TRURO, N.S.—The Nova Scotia government says a company will start next week disposing of two million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing waste water held in a town near Halifax.

Environment Minister Randy Delorey presented details of the pilot project this week at a community meeting in Truro, N.S., near the town of Debert where about five million litres of waste water is currently being stored.

Delorey says he became satisfied that the plan can proceed safely after considering the community’s concerns and reviewing tests of the treated water.

He says next week, Atlantic Industrial Services will begin shipping the water from holding ponds in Debert to a Lafarge Canada cement plant in Brookfield, N.S., about 30 kilometres away.

The project is expected to continue for about three weeks, with three to five truckloads of water being taken daily.

Delorey says the water will be used as coolant in the kiln and evaporated at 700°C and Lafarge will test its equipment for residual inorganic materials before and after using the water.

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