Protecting water resources is a priority for Canada’s oil and natural gas industry

Mountain River Water

Canadians place a high value on the country’s freshwater resources. They want to know that our industry is using water responsibly, without undue negative impact on water quality or availability. Canada’s natural gas industry safeguards water resources through efficient use and ensures appropriate systems are in place to minimize any risk on contaminating natural water systems.

Water glossary


Fracturing fluid that flows back to the wellbore after hydraulic fracturing is completed.


Water contained in underground natural aquifers.

Produced Water:

Water naturally present or injected into the reservoir to enhance production that< flows back to the surface.

Surface Runoff:

Water from rain, snowmelt, or other sources, that flows over the land surface, and is a major component of the water cycle.

Surface Water:

Water collected on the ground or in a stream, river, lake, sea or ocean.



Managing Water Use

Canada’s natural gas industry works to protect water during sourcing, use, transportation and disposal.