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The trending topics section provides some backgrounders on the Commission's key topics of interest.

Induced Seismicity

Seismicity refers to the geographic and historical distribution of earthquakes. Induced seismicity is a seismic event resulting from human activity, and can be caused by industries such as mining, dam impoundment and natural gas development.

Orphan Sites

Dotted throughout northeast B.C. are oil and gas industry sites – and some of them (a little less than three per cent) are defined as orphan sites—wells, facilities, pipelines and associated areas where an oil and gas company is declared bankrupt, or cannot be located.

Climate Change

Climate change is a global issue, requiring action from everyone—individuals, governments, environmental organizations, researchers, and industries around the world.

Methane Emissions

Methane is a colourless, odourless flammable gas that is the main component in natural gas. In oil and gas production, methane is released into the atmosphere when natural gas is incompletely combusted, vented, or leaked in a regulated process.

Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a technique used to create pathways in rocks deep underground to help get natural gas flowing.

Dam Safety

Oil and gas companies typically store fresh water in various water storage structures such as dugouts, water reservoirs, tanks, c-rings and other similar structures in preparation for using the water in their activities.

Caribou Recovery

The BC Oil and Gas Commission supports a provincial commitment to a new long-term, comprehensive, science-based approach to protect and preserve caribou populations – the Caribou Recovery Program.
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