B.C. halts north­east frack­ing op­er­a­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - 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. It says the com­pany im­me­di­ately sus­pended that work and it won’t be al­lowed to re­sume with­out writ­ten con­sent. 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.

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