Hydraulic fracturing not determined to be the cause of Peace region earthquake activity

Investigations just starting, not concluded, say BC Oil and Gas Commission officials.

While there is news floating around that the Nov. 29 earthquake near Taylor was caused by hydraulic fracturing operations  – representatives with the BC Oil and Gas Commission want the Peace region residents to know this is patently #fakenews

Peace and Energetic City radio stations are reporting "...the Commission conducted a study and found that the cause of the earthquake was due to hydraulic fracturing operations,” after the Commission sent out a release. Oil and Gas Commission officials note to the Mirror this afternoon, they did not ever say this. 

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Readers were also quick to point out the fabricated news. 

“Literally nowhere in that OGC release does it say fracking was the cause, let alone by CNRL. It merely states that they are continuing the investigation,” noted a reader immediately. 

“The BC Oil and Gas Commission has concluded that last week’s earthquakes southeast of Fort St. John were the result of hydraulic fracturing operations conducted by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.,” reported Peace FM this afternoon, citing no source for their information blaming the oil and gas industry for the earthquake.

Oil and Gas Commission officials were perplexed when told about the erroneous reports, noting the release sent out to all media today noted the start of any investigations – not the conclusion of them. 

“This will provide the Commission with sufficient time to conduct a thorough investigation,” reads the release.





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