An American petroleum company is threatening to withdraw all operations from Nova Scotia because the province won’t allow radioactive wastewater to be disposed of in the ground.

Triangle Petroleum drilled two wells in Hants County, using hydraulic fracturing, in 2007 and put the wastewater in two storage ponds, where it’s remained ever since.
 
A Freedom of Information request by the Ecology Action Centre and the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition (NOFRAC) revealed that the water contains high levels of naturally occurring radioactive contaminants.  

The documents and information are detailed in a story published by the Media Co-Op in The Dominion.

Triangle wants to dispose of the water through deep-well injection, but the provincial government wants it trucked out of the province for remediation.  
 
Reporter Stephen Wendland of Media Co-Op tells News 95.7, the stalemate is the result of a lack of knowledge and regulation about hydraulic fracturing.  
   
“There wasn’t any proper regulation in place to deal with fracking wastewater,” he said. “The regulations that were in place were for conventional oil and gas extraction. But the game changes entirely when you’re dealing with fracking.”  
   
Ken Summers of NOFRAC says the longer the dispute drags on, the greater the risk posed to the local water supply by the contaminated water.
 
“Those ponds were never built in the first place to take wastewater,” he said. “They’re now five years old. The liners in them are cracking, and the company and the government are still saying they’re going to deal with it by the end of the year, but they’ve been saying that for four, five years now.”  
 
Triangle’s CEO told provincial officials last August if deep-well re-injection isn’t allowed, the company will cease all investment in Nova Scotia. Triangle holds 10-year exploration leases on nearly 500,000 gross acres along the Minas Basin.

The province recently announced that a review of the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, expected this spring, would be extended until 2014.