Kennetcook Wastewater Treatment

In 2008 and 2009, Elmworth Energy Corp. completed oil and gas exploratory activities at five well sites, hydraulically fractured three of these wells and constrcuted two open storage ponds. With the financial restructuring of Elmworth underway, funding has been negotiated for the abandonment of the five oil and gas wells, treatment and disposal of the remaining wastewater being held in two storage ponds in Kennetcook and a third storage facility at Debert, decommissioning of the emptied storage lagoons and reclamation of the various sites.

The provincial Crown corporation Nova Scotia Lands Inc. (NSLI) will oversee the work program. NSLI have negotiated an agreement with Envirosystems, who were previously involved in the remediation activities. The wastewater treatment plan will include mechanical filtration, reverse osmosis, evaporation and disposal of solid material within the lagoons. The work program is designed to meet the Canadian Council of Environment Minister guidelines along with provincial environmental guidelines. Other than one of the well sites located on Crown land, the other sites are on privately owned land. NSLI has contacted each land owner and is in the process of finalizing site access agreements to allow remediation work to begin almost immediately. It is planned to have one of the holding ponds dewatered by the end of this calendar year. The second holding pond will be decommissioned in the spring of 2017. It is also presently planned to have the abandonment of the five wells completed prior to the end of the calendar year