Geoscience BC Regional Research Updates - Sept 24, 2019

Vancouver, BC – September 3, 2019 – Geoscience BC is hosting a series of regional research updates for BC's elected officials and municipal and regional district staff on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.


Data from Geoscience BC’s independent and public minerals, energy and water earth science research advances knowledge, informs responsible development, encourages investment and stimulates innovation.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 for a series of concise regional update sessions about recently completed, current and upcoming Geoscience BC minerals, oil and gas, geothermal and water research projects in your region. It is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about the latest Geoscience BC research that you can use as you continue to build your community, and to provide input on future projects in your area.

  • Each session will start with a short presentation about our latest research, with plenty of time set aside for discussion and questions.
  • All sessions are right next door to UBCM in the Pan Pacific Hotel in Oceanview Suite 1 (on level R). Light refreshments will be provided.
  • We will have a special session with researchers working on BC’s potential to store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in ‘ultramafic’ rocks that are often found near mineral deposits.
  • If we don’t have a regional session that suits your schedule, we also have an open drop-in session. Alternatively, we are also able to arrange separate meetings during the week of UBCM.
  • Please RSVP to Candice Appleby at or 604-662-4147.
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Northwest This session will cover upcoming minerals research projects, including the ‘Golden Triangle’; planning for Alaskan transboundary water quality monitoring; and information about our work with the Smithers Exploration Group.

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Southeast This session will cover planning for an upcoming regional ‘Kootenay Arc’ project; a project looking into extracting Rare Earth Elements from coalfields; research to improve the efficiency and reduce risks of coal sampling; and projects to protect a legacy of minerals samples and knowledge for future generations.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Northeast Geoscience BC has a series of new projects relating to natural gas development coming up. This includes more work investigating ‘induced seismicity’, and new research into hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal. At this session, we will also have updates on existing projects, including a study into he feasibility of using former natural gas wells for geothermal heat and energy at Clarke Lake.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Open Drop-in Session (Light refreshments and appetizers provided)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm - Carbon Mineralization Potential Assessment for BC

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – North Central The main focus of this session will be a major new research series called Central Interior Copper-Gold Research (CICGR), which is investigating the potential for undiscovered mineral deposits buried beneath sands and gravels left behind by the last ice age. We will update on some new desk-research, an upcoming request for proposals for project management and future planned projects that will be part of the series.