The Sahtu Land and Water Board says it needs more time to review Husky Energy's application to frack four horizontal wells about 40 kilometres southeast of Norman Wells, N.W.T.

The board met this week to discuss the application, after people from across the territory weighed in on the proposed project. 


Husky Energy Inc. is the second company to apply to frack horizontal wells in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories. ConocoPhillips fracked two wells this past winter, and has applied to frack 10 more. (Canadian Press)

Alternatives North, Ecology North and the Council of Canadians joined forces to call on people concerned about fracking to write to the board, urging it to order a full environmental assessment of the project. About 50 people wrote letters for and against the project, which the board has been reviewing. 

Now the board says it needs more time to review the file. It's asking Husky and parties involved in the project, including the Government of the Northwest Territories, for more information.  

No decision has been made about whether the project — if approved — will undergo an environmental assessment. 


  • A previous version of this story said the Sahtu Land and Water Board wanted Husky Energy to redraft its fracking application. That is incorrect. The board is simply asking for more information that they will include in the review of the application.
    May 17, 2014 11:48 AM CT