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.
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