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Alberta: Fox Creek fracking operation closed indefinitely after earthquake

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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 returning to NB after firing of top doctor, says provincial NDP

New Brunswick burned RCMP cars

Two of six police vehicles torched, Oct 17, Mi’kmaq territory, 2013.

by APTN National News, December 7, 2015
New Brunswick’s top doctor was fired by the provincial Liberal government to clear the way for the lifting of a moratorium on shale gas exploration this spring, according to the leader of the provincial NDP.

Provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy says a senior government source told him Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick’s now-fired chief medical officer, would stand in the way of a government decision to lift the moratorium. Read the rest of this entry

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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