A Magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred this week which caused the shut down of a fracking operations within the area. The earthquake occurred on Monday, August 17, 110 km north of Fort St. John, British Columbia. This earthquake occurred just 3 km from a fracking site run by Progress Energy.
The cause of the earthquake is still unknown and have not been linked to the fracking operations. Regulations forced Progress Energy to suspend operations after they reported the earthquake to government. Under British Columbia law, fracking operations are temperately shut down for any earthquake greater than a magnitude 4.0. Operations can not resume until a mitigation plan has been implemented. Progress Energy has since resumed fracking operations.
This news comes just weeks after Oklahoma implemented legislation to reduce the amount of waste water injected into the subsurface, which has been linked to human-induced earthquakes.