Open File Report 2019-12

Open File Report 2019-12

OFR 2019-12

Preliminary Overview of the 2018 and 2019 Earthquakes near Red Deer, Alberta

Author(s) Schultz, R.J. Pawley, S.M. Hauck, T.E. Date 2019-12-09

This open file report provides preliminary findings from the review and analysis of earthquake events in central Alberta, spurred by the occurrence of two felt earthquake events near Red Deer in March 2018 and March 2019. Multiple analyses of collected seismic data the Duvernay East Shale Basin area have produced a better understanding of the seismotectonic conditions and suggest that the two felt events and other smaller clusters of events between 2014 and 2019 were induced by nearby hydraulic fracturing operations.

Schultz, R., Pawley, S.M. and Hauck, T.E. (2019): Preliminary overview of the 2018 and 2019 earthquakes near Red Deer, Alberta; Alberta Energy Regulator / Alberta Geological Survey, AER/AGS Open File Report 2019-12, 10 p.