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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Shale Gas

Background

Shale gas is natural gas produced from the fractures, pore spaces, and physical matrix of shales. Shales are the most commonly occurring type of sedimentary rock in northeast British Columbia and are theoretically suited to shale gas production. With the commercial success of several shale gas plays in the United States, British Columbia's shales are now being recognized as potential reservoirs.

 

The B.C. government is interested in developing a better understanding of this shale gas potential. To determine this potential, the B.C. government contracted CBM Solutions to develop the "Gas Shale Potential of Devonian Strata, Northeastern British Columbia" study. This study focused on the shale gas potential in the Liard Plateau and Basin, and Prophet Trough in northeast British Columbia, and western extensions of the Peace River Arch/Embayment in east central British Columbia.

Activity Maps

 

Updated Shale Gas Maps
 June 2013 Montney Activity Map (PDF) NEW
 January 2013 Horn River Basin Land Sale Map (PDF)
 January 2013 Horn River Basin Activity Map (PDF)
 January 2013 Liard Activity Map (PDF)
   
 January 2010  Horizontal Well Data - Horn River Basin [PDF]
 January 2010  Vertical Well Data - Horn River Basin [PDF]
 November 2007

Cretaceous Shale Gas Activity in Northeast British Columbia [PDF]

*Maps are updated when new activity occurs.

Studies

Summary of Shale Gas Activity in Northeast British Columbia 2011
 

Ultimate Potential for Unconventional Natural Gas in Northeastern British Columbia's Horn River Basin
A new joint report by the National Energy Board and British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines is the first publicly released probability based resource assessment of the Canadian shale basin [PDF]
 

Shale Units of the Horn River Formation, Horn River Basin and Cordova Embayment, Northeastern British Columbia
 

Summary of Shale Gas Activity in Northeast B.C. 2008/09
 

Summary of Shale Gas Activity in Northeast B.C. 2007
 

Shale Gas Potential: Core and Cuttings Analysis, Northeast British Columbia
 

Gas Shale Potential of Devonian Strata, Northeastern British Columbia
 

Regional 'Shale Gas' Potential of the Triassic Doig and Montney Formations, Northeastern British Columbia