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Canada fracking water facility explosion injures worker

13 September 2016

Officials have confirmed that one worker was injured after an explosion at the Encana facility in northern British Columbia, which produces water for hydraulic fracturing. Encana's Water Resource Hub purifies aquifer water considered too saline for human or animal use, so it can be used for fracking at Encana's gas wells in western Canada.

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The RCMP has now taken control of the facility and a BC energy regulator and a WorksafeBC fatal and serious injury officer are at the scene investigating. The Encana facility is 20 kilometres from Dawson Creek in northeastern BC.

The BC Oil and Gas Commission said the explosion caused no environmental damage, and there was no risk to the public.

Encana spokesperson Doug McIntyre said the facility has been "secured and [we] are beginning our work to determine the cause."

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