While significant groundwater chemistry data has been collected at domestic water wells under a program lead by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD), in collaboration with Simon Fraser University, there remains limited groundwater chemistry data proximal to oil and gas development in the Peace Region and at locations suitable to establish natural background groundwater methane levels.
The benefits of this project include:
- Assessing current groundwater methane conditions in the Peace Region
- Data collection to inform regulatory policy and technical guidance related to groundwater protection and methane migration
- Data collection to inform future groundwater monitoring strategies
- Infrastructure to support the long-term monitoring of groundwater trends and cumulative effects
- Enhancements to the collective contributions of government and science initiatives under the umbrella of the Northeast Water Strategy
- Publically available data, results, and reports
The project is focused on the Peace Region in Northeast BC.
How will the data be collected?
The research team, led by EERI at UBC, will establish a groundwater monitoring well network in the Peace Region consisting of about 30 new scientifically designed monitoring wells at strategic locations.
The field program in the Peace Region will commence in the spring of 2018 with selection of initial drilling locations by June. The groundwater monitoring wells will be drilled in three phases, scheduled for summer 2018, spring 2019, and fall 2019.