Is there a fracking link to Red Deer earthquake?
The Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating to see if a fracking operation caused an earthquake in central Alberta Monday.
Natural Resources Canada told the National Post a 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Sylvan Lake and Red Deer just before 6 a.m. The federal department’s website said the tremor was classified as a light earthquake.
The AER has confirmed Vesta Energy had been fracking in the area just prior to the quake, which was detected by the company’s private seismic monitoring devices around 12 kilometres south of Sylvan Lake at a magnitude of 4.16.
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The AER said the earthquake was reported to them by the company at 6:20 a.m.
“We are currently reviewing the events to determine if the incident is due to hydraulic fracturing activities or natural causes,” said Natalie Brodych, spokeswoman with the AER.