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Hydraulic fracturing

FortisBC purchases natural gas on behalf of our customers and then distributes it to the communities we serve. We are committed to delivering safe, reliable energy in an environmentally responsible manner, while complying with the Government of BC''s regulations for hydraulic fracturing in the province.  

What is hydraulic fracturing “fracking”?

Hydraulic fracturing is the process of pumping fluids down a well under high pressure, thousands of metres below ground-level, generating fractures in the rock formations to allow natural gas to be released and recovered.  

B.C’s Natural Gas Development Minister: Leading environmental standards for natural gas

“VICTORIA - With recent events bringing attention to hydraulic fracturing, I think it is important for British Columbians to know the facts about natural gas operations in our province.  

B.C. has been producing natural gas for more than 50 years. Hydraulic fracturing, the technology used to extract a large portion of our natural gas, has been occurring for decades.  

Our extensive experience has enabled us to put strict rules in place to govern how the industry conducts its business, ensuring it is rigorously monitored and as safe as possible.”  

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