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Province says dams safe from fracking

The B.C. government says there are no hydraulic fracking activities occurring anywhere in the province near hydroelectric dams.

It issued the assurance after the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released documents that show B.C. Hydro officials raised concerns as far back as 2009 that earthquakes triggered by fracking could put its Peace River dams at risk.

The group says B.C. Hydro later worked out a deal with the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission to keep fracking operations at least five kilometres from Hydro facilities, but analyst Ben Parfitt says those restrictions are little more than a gentleman’s agreement and he wants firm rules on frack-free zones.

Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman says in a release that regulations and additional measures of precaution are already in place to keep oil and gas operations safe and the integrity of hydro dams secure.

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