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RFP 2019-01: Induced Seismicity Related to Hydraulic Fracturing, Northeastern BC

This request for proposals is looking for projects and research ideas regarding induced seismicity related to hydraulic fracturing that help to meet the Strategic Objective Facilitating Responsible Natural Resource Development in the Geoscience BC Strategic Plan 2018-2022, and the associated goal:

  • Maintain joint research with partners examining seismicity induced by hydraulic fracturing in northeastern B.C. to provide new science to better understand induced seismicity, mitigate risks and further improve regulation and industry practices.

The deadline to apply is 12:00 pm noon on July 10, 2019

RFP 2019-01                                         Map                                     Proposal Template                                      Budget Template



RFP 2019-02: Assessment of Potential Wastewater Disposal Zones within the Montney Play,  Northeastern BC 

This request for proposals is looking for projects and research ideas regarding Montney wastewater disposal targets that help to meet the Strategic Objective Facilitating Responsible Natural Resource Development in the Geoscience BC Strategic Plan 2018-2022, and the associated goal:

  • Continue to support development of the Montney Play through technical studies aiding hydrogen-sulfide prediction and safe fluid and acid gas disposal.

The deadline to apply is 12:00 pm noon on July 10, 2019


RFP 2019-02                                              Map                                      Proposal Template                                        Budget Template


Frequently Asked Questions

Any frequently asked questions regarding RFP 2019-01 and 2019-02 will be posted on this page.

Q: I see that Geoscience BC does not pay overhead.  Can you elaborate?

A: Correct, per Board policy, Geoscience BC does not pay overhead costs.  All costs for the project should be itemized in the project budget, and no overhead charged as a percentage on top of the overall project costs

Q: I am designing projects that will span approximately 3 years, is this duration realistic?

A: Per the RFP documents, all project-related work and deliverables must be completed by March 2021.

If the project being proposed is expected to run past March 2021, the post-March 2021 work should be described separately in the proposal (tasks, deliverables, budget etc.) so it is clear to the reviewers what will be done before and after the March 2021 end date. Any work proposed to be undertaken post-March 2021 should be described on an annual basis. (i.e. April 2021-March 2022, etc.)

The proponent should be aware that Geoscience BC’s funding decisions on any project work post-March 2021 may be delayed until April of 2020 in order to ensure sufficient funding levels.

Q: I see that “The RFP calls for multidisciplinary proposals that use existing accessible geoscience data…” Our team is considering whether to include in our proposal the acquisition of new laboratory data targeted to address existing data gaps in a variety of areas relevant to the study. Would Geoscience BC fund such lab work as part of the project workplan, or does the wording regarding existing data preclude doing that work?

A: If the acquisition of ‘new’ data supports the work, and is relevant to the project, we have no objection. New data is not precluded from the work plan.

Q: In section 8, Key Project Contributors: Is it required that we list everyone who will work on the project in section 8, or can we add additional personnel after the project has begun?

A: Ideally, it is preferable to have all personnel listed although we understand that this is not always possible.

Q: In section 9, Training Opportunities: Does Geoscience BC consider technical and high level presentations for community or industry groups as training? Are you able to provide other examples of training?

A: Public meetings and presentations are certainly helpful and would be considered an advantage as part of public engagement and education. In some instances, it may also be appropriate to offer training and/or short-term employment to communities in the research area (for example, on Geoscience BC’s Horn River Basin Project, local First Nation members were trained as water monitors).

Q: Would there be a possibility of extending the submission deadline?

A: No, for the sake of fairness to all applicants we will not extend the deadline.

Q: Would potential, but not official, financial/in-kind support be considered in the evaluation process?

A: Financial or in-kind support should only be included in your proposal if it is demonstrated with a letter or similar from your contributor/partner. We understand that this may not include precise details at the proposal stage, but this would need to be confirmed before a project begins.

Q: Does the proposal require an original signature or just the name of the signing authority?

A: A physical signature is not required at this stage just the name of the signing authority for your proposal.

Q: Does the proposal need to be submitted as a Word/Excel document?

A: It is best to receive the proposal in Word format along with an Excel table for the budget template. If this is impossible we can accept the proposal in PDF format.

Q: I see that Participants will be restricted in the acquisition of tenures or interest in tenures, since we will be receiving in-kind funding in the form of expertise and data access, does this make the party providing these services a Participant?

A: No, in-kind support can include data access and expertise.

Q: Is there a shapefile available for the Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area and the North Peace Ground Motion Monitoring Area?

A: Thanks to the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission we are able to provide a zipped folder containing shapefiles for both of these areas. Download the file here.

Q; The RFP states that the entire Montney Play or the “fairway” need not be addressed under this RFP. I am interested in knowing if there is a maximum upset limit envisioned for the study as may affect what can be offered within the Proposal to address the RFP?

A: The spatial extent for the expected project is as shown in the RFP. At the current time there is not a maximum upset limit envisioned for this work.

You can email any questions to RFP Coordinator Brady Clift: