B.C. Earthquake Caused By Fracking, Investigation Reveals
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission has confirmed that fracking caused a 4.6-magnitude earthquake in August — the largest linked to the industry in the province to date.
The commission says an investigation has determined that the Aug. 17 quake in northeastern B.C. was caused by fluid injection from hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
It says 4.6-magnitude seismic events typically cause brief shaking felt at the surface but aren’t a risk to public or environmental safety.
Progress Energy (TSX:PGE), which is owned by Malaysia’s Petronas and would supply gas to the planned Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal, paused its operations after the quake struck about 114 kilometres outside of Fort St. John.
The company held the previous record for the largest known fracking-caused quake in B.C. with a 4.4-magnitude tremor in 2014.
A statement from Progress Energy says it takes the incident very seriously and it has 17 monitoring stations in its operating area to accurately detect seismic activity.
Fracking protest leads to bigger debate over indigenous rights in Canada
A single campaign in the country’s smallest province is now a flashpoint for land rights of First Nations communities
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MONTREAL — It’s a single shale gas exploration project in one of Canada’s smallest provinces, but it has become a flashpoint in the debate over indigenous land rights in the country.
What began this summer in a small encampment near the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick has triggered a broader movement with a groundswell of support across the country.
After protesters in New Brunswick set up another blockade last week on a highway near a seismic testing site, demonstrations were held in solidarity in cities across the country. Activists contend this is only the beginning of a lengthy battle in New Brunswick – and part of a larger fight over the stewardship of the country’s natural resources.
Elsipogtog — along with the Mi’kmaq indigenous who are part of that nation — has come to represent the struggle for indigenous self-determination, land rights and environmental protection, said Clayton Thomas-Muller, an activist and organizer of the aboriginal movement Idle No More, which took hold last year in Canada.
“It very quickly could set off a firestorm given the current political climate in Canada with Idle No More,” Thomas-Muller said
For now, protesters in Elsipogtog expect a period of quiet, at least over the holiday season.
SWN Resources, a shale gas testing company based in Texas, announced last Friday it had completed its initial round of testing.
Protesters report the company’s high-powered, specialized trucks have left the area and its workers have gone home
But no one is under the impression the company is gone for good.
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