Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas from otherwise inaccessible reservoirs. With good information about fracking hard to come by, the public is understandably wary of its potential environmental consequences. That’s something Andy Ridge, the water policy director of Alberta Environment and Water, aims to change. Ridge is pushing for increased transparency, like sharing open-source data, in order to start a more honest conversation about the practice and get Albertans on-board. As part of that effort, he has also been participating at energy and environmental conferences, presenting on the government’s role in hydraulic fracturing and water usage by oil sands producers.