Is B.C. at risk from earthquakes caused by the oil and gas industry? Not according to a new report from the Fraser Institute.
Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking related activities have now been conclusively linked to earthquakes.
But study author Kenneth Green says a review of the recent science shows they’re not a danger.
“They’re overwhelmingly smaller than 3.0, which is the cutoff for the point where you can actually feel the seismic event at the earth’s surface.”
But The US Geological Survey isn’t so sure. It reports quakes over 3.0 have spiked in the central and eastern US since 2009, mirroring the growth of the gas industry.
And earlier this summer the BC Oil and Gas Commission found a 4.4 magnitude 2014 quake was linked to fracking.
Permit conditions for the gas industry require wells to shut down and report to regulators in the case of a quake over 4.0.
WATCH: USGS public lecture on hydraulic fracturing and human-induced earthquakes (starts at 21:12 – 33:50)
The conclusion of the Fraser Institute report acknoweldges there are risks, but stresses that they can be managed.
“…while there are indeed risks from this process as there are with all industrial activities, they are for the most part readily managed with available technologies and best practices.”