B.C.’s oil and gas regulator is ramping up efforts to monitor earthquakes related to hydraulic fracturing.
Last summer the province experienced its largest fracking-related earthquake on record: a magnitude 4.6 tremor, sparking concerns about the seriousness of seismic activity linked to hydraulic fracturing.
Now the BC Oil and Gas Commission is taking additional measures to monitor fracking-related quakes.
In an industry bulletin, the regulator says permit conditions for new wells include the requirement of adequate monitoring during hydraulic fracturing activities and the submission of a ground motion monitoring report within 30 days of completing a fracture.
Permit conditions for the gas industry already require wells to shut down and report to regulators in the case of a quake over four-point-oh.