Fracking only one factor in cause of earthquakes: survey

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to the Geological Survey of Canada, new research confirms there is a firm link between fracking and nearly every large induced earthquake recorded in oil patches in B.C. and Alberta.

90 per cent of quakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or higher are said to have been caused by companies fracking for oil and gas.

That said, considering there are many operational fracking wells across the provinces, research also indicates less than one per cent directly caused earthquakes.

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Moving forward the organizations says work needs to be done on precisely what other factors aside from fracking specifically create earthquakes.

Scientist Honn Kao says blame cannot be placed strictly on fracking when it comes to big quakes.

Data was based off of 25 years worth of information from over 12,200 fractured oil and gas wells, and 1,000 waste disposal wells.


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