B.C. halts northeast fracking operations while it investigates earthquakes

The BC Oil and Gas Commission stops operations for at least 30 days

The BC Oil and Gas Commission is shutting down oilfield fracking operations in an area in the northeast part of the province for at least 30 days while it investigates earthquakes that occurred there on Nov. 29.

The regulator says the seismic events measuring between 3.4 and 4.5 magnitude took place near hydraulic fracturing operations being conducted about 20 kilometres southeast of Fort St. John by Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

RELATED: Oil and gas commission investigating quakes in northeast B.C.

It says the company immediately suspended that work and it won’t be allowed to resume without the written consent of the commission.

According to Natural Resources Canada, the 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt in Fort St. John, Taylor, Chetwynd and Dawson Creek but did no damage. It was followed by two smaller aftershocks.

RELATED: 4.5 magnitude earthquake strikes near Fort St. John

Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting large amounts of water, sand and chemicals into a well to break up tight rock underground and allow trapped oil and gas to flow.

The technology, along with injecting oilfield liquids into disposal wells, have been linked by the B.C. commission to previous incidents of “induced seismicity,” although it notes on its website none of the events in B.C. have resulted in hazards to safety or the environment or property damage.

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Vernon adopts cannabis bylaw

Vernon council passes final reading, paving way to permit cannabis sales, processing and cultivation

Vernon Winter Carnival Society, City at odds over building

Carnival wants to stay in city-owned building; city wants eviction notice carried out

Okanagan professor pitches passenger rail

UBC Okanagan engineering prof envisions tram train from Okanagan to Kamloops

Vernon site of RCMP naloxone test project

Free kits, training to be provided to high-risk individuals who spend time in cell blocks

BC Junior Curling Championships field complete

With the junior open playdown finished, the field is now complete for… Continue reading

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

B.C. man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

A vehicle incident has closed Highway 1 in both directions

Coldstream paddleboarder qualifies for 2019 PanAm games in Peru

Lina Augaitis came third at the Pan American Surfing Games and was the only Canadian to medal at the competition.

B.C. judge grants $10M bail for Huawei executive wanted by U.S.

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Rikhi family donates $60,000 to Penticton Regional Hospital expansion

Donation made in memory of Raksha Rikhi, a nurse from Summerland

Vernon Futsal Club competed for the 2018 Pacific Rim Cup

Though the team didn’t get the results they had hoped for, coaches said players gained invaluable experience by participating in the international competition.

Vernon Junior Vipers slither to fourth

MINOR HOCKEY: Vernon squad middle of pack at Atom C tournament in Merritt

Most Read