New northeast B.C. seismic data available

GeoscienceBC says new seismic data from the Kiskatinaw area is now available to the public and researchers.

The data comes from a network of 13 seismometers installed in early 2020 in the Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. The area was designated by the Oil and Gas Commission in 2018 to investigate a number of seismic events from natural gas development.

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“This world-class system is creating new public data that the research team will use to create models to inform regulatory practice and to improve natural gas operations in BC’s Northeast Region,” University of Calgary Department of Geoscience professor and project lead Dr. David Eaton said in a statement.

The data is available for download through a major international seismicity database. Researchers are using the data to update previous studies, research fault response to hydraulic fracturing, and provide seismic data to operators, regulators, and the public.

Data from the seismographs is initially expected to conclude in July 2021, when project funding is complete. GeoscienceBC says plans are in place to extend the operations for an additional year subject to other sources of funding.

The seismograph network can be viewed by clicking here.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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