Induced Seismicity Research Theme

Key Researcher(s):  D. Eaton, E. Eberhardt, Enlighten Geoscience Ltd., H. Kao

Project ID(s):  2019-005, 2019-007, 2019-008, 2019-014

Key Research Organization(s):  Enlighten Geoscience Ltd., University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Victoria

Project Location:  Northeast BC

Strategic Focus Area:  Energy-Oil and Gas


One of Geoscience BC’s strategic objectives relating to energy research is Facilitating Responsible Natural Resource Development. This includes the goal to “maintain joint research with partners examining seismicity induced by hydraulic fracturing in northeastern BC to provide new science to better understand induced seismicity, mitigate risks and further improve regulation and industry practices”. This page introduces four research projects launched in December 2019 to investigate the relationship between earthquakes and natural gas development in the Montney Play in BC’s Northeast Region.

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Geoscience BC has been funding induced seismicity research in BC’s Northeast Region since 2012. Completed and ongoing projects include:


Understanding and Mitigating Induced Seismicity Risk in the Kiskatinaw Area, BC

This project installs and monitors a closely spaced network of seismographs in the Kiskatinaw area of British Columbia’s Northeast Region to generate real-time, public data.

The project is one of a series of for four research projects launched in December 2019 to further investigate how and why, in certain circumstances, earthquakes can be caused by hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal during natural gas development.

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