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Fracking triggered 2014 earthquake in northeastern B.C.

Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water and chemicals deep into earth to fracture shale rock beds and release natural gas for extraction. (Brennan Linsley/The Associated Press)

Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water and chemicals deep into earth to fracture shale rock beds and release natural gas for extraction. (Brennan Linsley/The Associated Press)

Quake one of world’s largest ever triggered by hydraulic fracturing

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, Aug 26, 2015

Fracking triggered a 4.4-magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C. last year, CBC News has learned, making it one of world’s largest earthquakes ever triggered by the controversial process.

B.C.’s Oil and Gas Commission confirmed the cause of the earthquake in an email statement to CBC this week, saying it was “triggered by fluid injection during hydraulic fracturing.”

The 4.4-magnitude quake was felt in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson in August 2014. It was preceded by a 3.8-magnitude earthquake in late July, also caused by fracking.

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Dehcho leaders vote to ban fracking in traditional territory

Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian.

Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian.

Dene and Métis leaders in Dehcho passed resolution to ban fracking on 215,000 km territory last week

CBC News, May 6, 2015

Dene and Métis leaders in the Northwest Territories’ Dehcho region have voted to ban fracking on their traditional lands, passing a resolution during a meeting last week.

The resolution states that fracking can not happen within the 215,000 square kilometre traditional territory of the Dehcho, which stretches from the west point of Great Slave Lake through the Nahanni National Park Reserve near the Yukon border, and as far north as Wrigley. 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

SWN Resources granted one-year extension to search for shale gas in New Brunswick

RCMP surround "thumper" seismic testing vehicles contracted by SWN Resources, Nov 14, 2013.

RCMP surround “thumper” seismic testing vehicles contracted by SWN Resources, Nov 14, 2013.

CTV Atlantic, March 16, 2015

SWN Canada has just been granted a one-year extension on licenses they have to look for shale gas in New Brunswick.

The company’s licenses were set to expire today, but the New Brunswick government granted SWN Resources permission to extend their search.

“While a license to search gives the holder rights to the area in question, it is subject to government’s proposed moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The moratorium will remain in place until our five conditions are addressed and the risks to our health, water and environment are fully understood,” says Energy and Miners Minister Donald Arseneault. Read the rest of this entry

Blueberry River First Nations lawsuit threatens Site C, fracking in B.C.

Protest by some Treaty 8 First Nations against Site c dam, 2013.

Protest by some Treaty 8 First Nations against Site c dam, 2013.

Suit alleges government violated Treaty 8 rights with cumulative impacts of oil and gas development

CBC News, Mar 04, 2015

The Blueberry River First Nations have launched a legal battle that could affect B.C.’s planned Site C hydroelectric dam, as well as oil and gas development both inside and outside the band’s territory.

The B.C. First Nation has filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court that alleges years of development, including mining, forestry and oil and gas projects, have violated its treaty rights under Treaty 8. Read the rest of this entry

Anti-Oil Activists Named as National Security Threats Respond to Leaked RCMP Report

Protest against Enbridge's proposed Line 9, in Toronto.

Protest against Enbridge’s proposed Line 9, in Toronto.

By Michael Toledano, Vice.com, Feb 17, 2015

As the Harper government’s Bill C-51 moves to extend anti-terrorism legislation to include anyone who interferes with the “critical infrastructure,” “territorial integrity,” or “economic and financial stability of Canada,” a leaked report from the RCMP’s Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Team demonstrates how aboriginals and environmentalists are already being targeted by law enforcement for these reasons.

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B.C. LNG sponsorship inappropriate at All Native Basketball Tournament, team says

Baskeball All Native 1Team captain says he was told if the team didn’t like it, they didn’t have to participate

By Radio West, CBC News, Feb 13, 2015

The captain of a team playing at the All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert says he’s disappointed event organizers accepted sponsorship money from oil and gas industries.

This year’s tournament is sponsored by a dozen companies and organizations, half of them related to the energy sector. Read the rest of this entry

Husky Oil’s frac sand proposal sent to environmental assessment

Storage tank at Prince George Refinery Storage tank at Prince George Refinery.

Storage tank at Prince George Refinery Storage tank at Prince George Refinery.

Company applying to drill for silica in the North Arm area of Great Slave Lake

By Guy Quenneville, CBC News, Feb 16, 2015

The Wek’eezhii Land and Water Board has decided that Husky Oil’s proposal to explore the North Arm area of Great Slave Lake for a type of sand used in fracking must undergo an environmental assessment.

The board says Husky’s application to drill approximately 200 holes near a popular recreational area known as Whitebeach Point has generated widespread public concern. Read the rest of this entry

FRACK OFF LNG TOUR – Secwepemc Territory

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Fracking Industry Shakes Up Northern BC with 231 Tremors

Fracking field in north eastern BC.   Photo: The Tyee.

Fracking field in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee.

Quakes also triggered by wastewater disposal, finds oil and gas commission.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, Jan 10, 2015

British Columbia’s shale gas fracking industry triggered more than 231 earthquakes or ”seismic events” in northeastern British Columbia between Aug. 2013 and Oct. 2014.

Some of the quakes were severe enough to ”experience a few seconds of shaking” on the ground in seven areas of the province on top of the large Montney shale gas basin.

The events, many of which occurred in clusters or swarms, showed that the regulation of the industry still lags behind the pace of drilling activity in the region. Read the rest of this entry