Fracking waste water from Debert to be moved next week

The Nova Scotia government says a company will start next week disposing of two million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing waste water held in Debert.

Atlantic Industrial Services shipping the water from holding ponds

A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing, right, sits beside a jar of recycled water at a recycling site in Midland, Texas, Sept. 24, 2013. The drilling method known as fracking uses huge amounts of high-pressure, chemical-laced water to free oil and natural gas trapped deep in underground rocks. (The Associated Press)

The Nova Scotia government says a company will start next week disposing of two million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing waste water held in Debert.

Environment Minister Randy Delorey presented details of the pilot project Wednesday evening at a community meeting in Truro.

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.

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 degrees Celsius and Lafarge will test its equipment for residual inorganic materials before and after using the water.