Canada gives ConocoPhillips okay for exploratory drilling in Far North


NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Canada's National Energy Boardon Wednesday approved ConocoPhillips's application tostart exploratory drilling in the Northwest Territories, thefirst time the federal regulator has granted authorization forhorizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Canada's FarNorth.

The independent NEB, whose responsibilities include safety,protection of the environment and conservation of resources,gave ConocoPhillips permission to drill two wells near NormanWells, 728 miles (1120 km) from Yellowknife, the territorialcapital, and 100 miles (160 km) south of the Arctic Circle.

ConocoPhillips won a land use permit and water license fromthe local authorities in June, the NEB said in a press release.

The company did not return a call seeking comment on itsplans for Canada's North.

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