HALIFAX - The head of an oil and gas exploration firm says it will be impossible to meet a deadline to clean up holding ponds in Nova Scotia filled with contaminated water left over from hydraulic fracturing.
Peter Hill, executive chairman of Denver-based Triangle Petroleum, says the provincial government wants the two ponds near Kennetcook emptied and 14 million litres of brine water trucked away by Nov. 30.
Hill says that won't happen because the province keeps making new demands on what needs to be done — and he wants an extension.
The fracking was done on three test wells five years ago — the first and only wells that have been fracked in Nova Scotia.
The province has extended the deadline for a cleanup a number of times, but it stopped the process in December 2011 when testing revealed trace amounts of naturally occurring radiation in the water.
In April, the Nova Scotia government imposed a two-year hold on hydraulic fracturing, saying it needed more time to study the controversial practice.