December 23, 2016
New Results from Geoscience BC's Peace Project

 Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the release of two reports from the Peace Project. The Peace Project is a collaborative effort involving the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Ministry of Environment, the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the Ministry of Natural Gas Development, Progress Energy Canada Ltd., ConocoPhillips Canada, Northern Development Initiative Trust, and the BC Oil & Gas Research and Innovation Society, with additional support from the Peace River Regional District and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Geoscience BC thanks all project parnters for their ongoing support of the project.

A brief description of the reports is provided below. The reports are now available through Geoscience BC's website or our Earth Science Viewer.


Processing and Inversion of SkyTEM data
by Aarhus Geophysics APS

Following the release of new airborne electromagnetic data in northeast BC (Geoscience BC Report 2016-03: SkyTEM Survey: British Columbia, Canada; Data Report), Aarhus Geophysics was contracted to complete an inversion and qualitative interpretation of the data.

From a geophysical standpoint, the main results of this study include: spatial variability of the resistivity models reflecting the expected variance, both near surface and at depth; excellent fit between measured and modelled data, independent of geology or flight lines; seamless models despite data were acquired under varying conditions and over a period of several weeks; depth of investigation exceeding, in places, 300 m; effective removal of potential canopy effects; and good correlation with depth to bedrock inferred from boreholes.

The derived qualitative geological interpretation highlights include: differentiation of different facies within the glacial cover, confirmation of several near surface resistive features associated to paleovalleys and/or areas of thick Quaternary cover identified by previous studies of borehole data, and the presence of other near surface resistive features that could be of hydrogeological relevance.

View 2016-09 Report in Earth Science Viewer


Peace Area Project - Well Selection for Testing Geological Model based on Gamma and Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) Studies
by Bemex Consulting International and Quaternary Geosciences Inc.

This reports presents the results of a study undertaken to test the validity of the geological models generated as a result of the Peace Project Aarhus and Petrel Robertson/QGI studies (Geoscience BC Reports 2016-09 and 2016-04, respectively). Several potential well locations have been selected within five blocks, based on surficial geology, resistivity, and road accessibility. The locations of the test wells are placed close to existing petroleum and water wells, where possible, to provide calibration.

The objective is to test the validity of the geological model; not to locate shallow Quaternary and/or bedrock aquifers. The report provides a rationale as to why each area was selected. The locations of potential wells are overlain on resistivity depth slices and sections from the Peace project area, and a well prognosis provides the information on resistivity values and geological formations versus depth for each of the proposed locations.

View 2016-18 Report in Earth Science Viewer

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Carolyn Baldridge
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Geoscience BC
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