New research says fracking has changed earthquake patterns in B.C.

Since 2006, the Canadian province’s shale gas industry has caused over 1,000 earthquakes in northeastern B.C. The latest research and presentations from provincial and federal scientists has revealed that fracking for shale gas in British Columbia (B.C.) has not only caused a dramatic increase in earthquakes in the northeastern region of the Canadian province, but it has changed the region’s seismicity, as well. Scientists are growing more concerned over the potential damage frackquakes could cause. Initially, scientists thought that fracking would not trigger anything beyond a micro-sized quake. Microquakes are…

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Fracking lawsuit launched in Canada

An anti-shale gas group sues the government of New Brunswick. The provincial government is being sued by the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance and by three citizens over the government’s plans to develop the fracking industry in the Eastern Canadian province. The alliance is calling for a moratorium until the government can prove the practice is safe. Last week, three citizens and the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, which represents 22 community organizations, filed an 18 page statement of claim with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Stain John, alleging…

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Fracking could create thousands of jobs in the UK

Hydraulic fracturing of shale gas reserves could lead to billions of investments in the UK. An Ernst & Young study that was commissioned by the United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG), which represents Britain’s onshore gas and oil industry, estimates that the extraction of shale gas via fracking in the UK could lead to the creation of 64,000 jobs and £33 billion (roughly $55 billion) worth of investments. Shale gas resources are believed to be abundant in the United Kingdom. It is estimated that in northern UK, there is approximately…

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