Tremendous resources of unconventional gas exist in British Columbia, particularly in rocks generally referred to as gas shales. Even though commercial production is currently minor, industry investment into unconventional gas resources already exceeds one billion dollars in BC through land sale bonuses alone. However, the rapid growth of the unconventional gas industry in general, and in BC in particular, has not been paralleled with increased understanding of the geological processes that determine gas in place capacity, methods for quantifying gas in place or the flow characteristics of the rocks, all of which are critical to economic development. This project has two inter-related components: This project has two inter-related components:
- Development of better methodologies for determining gas in place in gas shaes and the matrix flow characteristics (permeability and diffusivity), and
- Quantification of the gas in place and flow capacity of important gas shales in northeastern BC using estblished and novel methodologies.