We thank Verdon and Bommer (2021, hereafter, VB21) for their Comment on our paper (Ghofrani and Atkinson, 2020, hereafter, GA20), which introduced a quantitative measure (the W metric) of the spatiotemporal association between earthquakes and horizontal hydraulic fracture wells (HF wells) in the western Canada sedimentary basin (WCSB). Herein, we list and respond to their principal points, following the order in which they have raised them. Our responses will reveal that there are many points upon which VB21 and GA20 agree. There are two key points on which we disagree. The first disagreement is regarding the appropriateness...

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