The ability to identify a leaking gas source has many benefits. In the case of a leaking wellbore, an operator can lower remediation costs by having a high level of certainty as to the gas source and associated depth, thereby allowing the operator to quickly and efficiently plan remediation of leaking wellbores, whether new wellbores or old abandoned wellbores.
The ability to document thermogenic sources of natural gas will be a critical first step in the development of an air monitoring network. It will aid in assessing whether detected results from the monitoring network are natural in origin or from oil and gas development.
Isotopically-typed gases may also allow operators to optimize the gas revenue stream by understanding where certain gas-types might be found. Systematic cataloging of BC natural gases may also reveal information about the development, migration, segregation and compartmentalization within petroleum systems and the distribution of natural gas liquids which help gas producers to target higher value natural gas streams.
Additional information may be gained on the effectiveness of regional seals and the impact of structuring on seal integrity, information which is critical to ensure shallow aquifers are not being compromised during hydraulic fracturing operations.