FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission is partnering with landowners to temporarily place a dense seismic monitoring array in the Tower Lake area to study hydraulic fracturing operations.

In cooperation with Natural Resources Canada and a private Canadian company, Symroc, the OGC says the goal of the project is to increase understanding of induced seismic events in Northeast B.C. and use the information to reduce felt events in the future.

The OGC currently employs a regional seismic array of 20 monitors throughout the Northeast. According to the Commission, this temporary deployment of 36 additional monitors allows for localized and focused research on a specific area and will help all the partners better understand seismicity at a level of detailed resolution not undertaken by any other jurisdiction in Canada.

The monitoring equipment, which is being spaced roughly one kilometer apart in a six by six-kilometre grid, will collect seismic data during an upcoming hydraulic fracturing operation by a company working in Tower Lake, approximately 40 km southeast of Fort St. John.

The monitors will be set up in December and will then be removed by spring 2021.

Further information can be found on the OGC’s website.