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Alberta: Fox Creek fracking operation closed indefinitely after earthquake


Fracking operation in Alberta. Photo: Tim Fraser/Postmedia News

Magnitude 4.8 quake rattles area, but no injuries or damage reported, energy regulator says

CBC News Jan 12, 2016

A hydraulic fracturing operation near Fox Creek, Alta., has been shut down after an earthquake hit the area Tuesday.

The magnitude 4.8 quake was reported at 11:27 a.m., says Alberta Energy Regulator, which ordered the shutdown of the Repsol Oil and Gas site 35 kilometres north of Fox Creek. Read the rest of this entry

Fracking and earthquakes: Exploring the connection

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

B.C. commission draws link between fracking and 231 seismic events in province

By Terry Reith, Briar Stewart, CBC News, April 17, 2015

May Mickelow had just settled into her shift as night auditor at the Foxwood Inn in Fox Creek, Alta., when she felt the rumble.

“You didn’t hear anything, but you could feel the earth move underneath your feet quite strongly, actually,” said Mickelow. “I felt dizzy, as if I was suddenly on uneven footing.”

Some hotel guests descended to the main floor, asking Mickelow if she had felt the shaking. She had been through earthquakes before, but not here. Read the rest of this entry