The Fraser Institute is out with a new report on the risk of BC earthquakes as the result of oil and gas industry fracking.
The study says a review of recent science shows fracking activities do not present a danger even though they have been conclusively linked to earthquakes.
Earlier this year the Oil and Gas Commission found a 4.4 quake near Fort St. John was caused by fracking and that brought into play, current oil and gas industry permit conditions, which require, in the event of an earthquake over magnitude four, wells be shut down and the OGC notified.
However, the study notes while fracking can cause seismic activity, most of the aforementioned earthquakes are of such low magnitude they’re barely noticeable.
That’s study author, Dr. Ken Green, who concedes more research is needed into the environmental impacts of fracking, and that it must be carefully monitored and regulated.
Still, Dr. Green says Canada already has a robust regulatory process at both the federal and provincial levels and there’s no justification for unsubstantiated fears which have resulted in fracking bans in several provinces.
As for the use of gasses as a fracking agent alternative to water, Dr. Green says research is an ongoing process, and he adds: