Archive for the ‘Andrew Nikiforuk’ Tag

How to make an earthquake

Fox Creek, Alberta

Fox Creek, Alberta: ‘Location of earthquake consistent with being induced by hydraulic fracturing operations,’ says Alberta Energy Regulator spokesperson.

Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?

Regulator says drilling likely triggered 4.4 temblor.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, – originally published in The Tyee

Hydraulic fracturing, a technology used to crack open difficult oil and gas formations, appears to have set off a swarm of earthquakes near Fox Creek, Alberta, including a record-breaking tremor with a felt magnitude of 4.4 last week.

That would likely make it the largest felt earthquake ever caused by fracking, a development that experts swore couldn’t happen a few years ago.

Fracking operations in British Columbia’s Montney shale generated similar seismic activity of that magnitude last year, and earthquake scientists at Ontario’s Western University are still analyzing the two events to see which is the largest.

 The full article is at:http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/01/29/Alberta-Fracking-Earthquake/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=290115

What’s Missing from Canada’s Fracking Debate?

Andrew Nikiforuk, who has authored several books and articles on the energy industry, discusses four important questions in response to the question above. These questions are a valuable contribution to a debate that is happening across Canada, among concerned citizens.

1. How do you fix polluted groundwater or, even worse, a fracked aquifer?

 

2. How do you prevent regulatory capture?

 

3. How do you control a non-linear process?

 

4. What about shallow formations and the case of Jessica Ernst?

The full article from Nikiforuk can be found at:

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/07/02/What-is-Missing-from-Fracking-Debate/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=020714

 

Canada’s 500,000 Leaky Energy Wells: ‘Threat to Public’

Canada’s 500,000 Leaky Energy Wells: ‘Threat to Public’

Badly sealed oil and gas wellbores leak emissions barely monitored, experts find.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Jun 2014, TheTyee.ca

A new University of Waterloo report warns that natural gas seeping from 500,000 wellbores represent “a threat to environment and public safety” due to groundwater contamination, greenhouse gas emissions and explosion risks wherever methane collects in unvented buildings and spaces.

The 69-page report on wellbore leakage cowritten by three expert UofW professors outlines a longstanding and largely invisible engineering problem for Canada’s oil and gas industry.

For the full commentary by Andrew Nikifouk: http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/06/05/Canada-Leaky-Energy-Wells/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=050614

Fracking Growth Outpacing Scientific Knowledge in Canada: Report

One of Canada’s premier scientific bodies has issued a critical report on the state of hydraulic fracturing in the nation, saying the industry has outpaced credible baseline data, scientific knowledge and necessary monitoring.

A commentary by Andrew Nikiforuk is available at:

http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/05/01/Frack-Slow-Report/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=010514

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Photo of frack fields in northern B.C. by Hayley Dunning.