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Fracking behind northeastern BC quake

The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission has confirmed that magnitude 4.6 earthquake in the Northeast August 17th was caused by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

A bulletin from the commission says the seismic event, the largest linked to fracking, occurred due to fluid injection at a well site 114 km outside Fort St. John.

At the time the shaking was felt, the commission says crews from Progress Energy were wrapping up a fracturing operation at a wellbore located within a kilometre of quake’s epicentre.

Progress Energy, which is owned by Malaysia’s Petronas, would supply natural gas to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal near Prince Rupert.

Progress Energy, in a statement issued to the Canadian Press, says it takes the issue very seriously and has 17 monitoring stations in the region to detect and keep track of seismic activity.

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