Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

June 17, 2009 12:24 ET

Government of British Columbia: Seismic Data to Spur Oil and Gas Exploration in Nechako

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2009) -


For Immediate Release


June 17, 2009

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources


VICTORIA - New seismic data is now available for oil and gas exploration in the Nechako region, west of Quesnel, announced Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom.

"In the BC Energy Plan, the government committed to establishing new data for evaluating the petroleum resource potential of the Nechako region, and this project fulfils a key piece of that promise," said Lekstrom. "The oil and gas industry is a vital part of a healthy B.C. economy, and the information gathered from this survey will assist in the responsible development of British Columbia's natural resources."

The seismic survey was conducted to help explore the oil and gas potential in the heart of the mountain pine beetle-affected area of interior B.C. The survey was conducted in the summer of 2008, at a cost of $2.5 million, and was part of a $5-million provincial grant to Geoscience BC in 2005. The project is part of a larger provincial-federal collaborative effort to improve geoscience knowledge of the region, in order to reduce investment risk and encourage petroleum exploration. As part of this program, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources has also released new geological maps, gravity and magnetic data, petroleum source rock studies, and reservoir rock evaluations of the Nechako.

The new seismic survey produced approximately 330 line-kilometres of Vibroseis seismic reflection data. The work was conducted by CGGVeritas of Calgary under the direction of Andrew Calvert, professor of geophysics at Simon Fraser University. The project complements ongoing collaborative geological and geophysical studies by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Natural Resources Canada, Geoscience BC, and university partners.

The Nechako region has presented some exploration challenges in the past because of surface volcanic rocks that interfered with seismic signals and made the resulting images unclear. The new results demonstrate that in some parts of the region rock units with oil and gas reservoir potential can be successfully imaged with modern seismic technology.

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Contact Information

  • Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
    Jake Jacobs
    Public Affairs Officer
    250 952-0628 or 250 213-6934 (cell)