04/16/2014 06:31 EDT | Updated 06/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia to begin removing fracking waste water from Debert next week

TRURO, N.S. - The Nova Scotia government says a company will start next week disposing of two million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing waste water held in Debert.

Environment Minister Randy Delorey presented details of the pilot project Wednesday evening at a community meeting in Truro.

Delorey says he became satisfied that the plan can proceed safely after considering the community's concerns and reviewing tests of the treated water.

He says next week, Atlantic Industrial Services will begin shipping the water from holding ponds in Debert to a Lafarge Canada cement plant in Brookfield.

The project is expected to continue for about three weeks, with three to five truckloads of water being taken daily.

Delorey says the water will be used as coolant in the kiln and evaporated at 700 degrees Celsius and Lafarge will test its equipment for residual inorganic materials before and after using the water.