Groundwater Protection: Priority Number One

Oil and natural gas producers have stringent requirements for how wells must be completed. The genesis of these requirements is water safety.

Casing is the first line of defense used to protect freshwater aquifers.

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FAQs
  • What is a Hazardous Material Information Review Act Claim Exemption?

    Within Canada, any supplier who is required, pursuant to the provisions of the Hazardous Products Act, to disclose the chemical identity or concentration of any ingredient of a controlled product may, if the supplier considers such information to be confidential business information, claim an exemption from the requirement to disclose that information by filing a claim for exemption under the Hazardous Material Information Review Act.

  • What constitutes a trade secret?

    An ingredient or formulation of ingredients that represent a unique or competitive advantage to owner of the intellectual property associated with the ingredient, formulation or use.  Various mechanisms are available to protect confidential business information.  For hazardous materials, companies wishing to protect their intellectual property may apply to the Hazardous Material Information Review Commission for a claim exemption under the Hazardous Material Information Review Act to deem the ingredient or formulation a trade secret.  For non hazardous materials this decision remains with the creator of the ingredient or formulation.  Creators may also apply for patents; however many consider this mechanism to not be a practical mechanism to protect confidential business information as disclosure of the ingredient or formulation is necessary. While it may be in the public interest to offer some protection of trade secrets, a basic level of information is captured in all cases and additional information can be required if necessary to support an incident investigation.     

  • How can I learn more about the Hazardous Material Information Review Act?

    Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission
    427 Laurier Avenue West, 7th floor
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 1M3 Canada

    Website: www.hmirc-ccrmd.gc.ca/

    Telephone: 613-993-4331

    Fax: 613-993-4686

    E-mail: hmirc-ccrmd@hc-sc.gc.ca

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