What can unemployed and under-employed Canadian oil and gas professionals do in the face of decreased demand for their services? Our “human capital” and world-class databases do support other ventures, as Brad Hayes points out in his February article for the Daily Oil Bulletin.
PRCL managed research project Earthquake Risk in Northeastern BC’s Montney Play published by Geoscience BC
PRCL managed this new research project published by Geoscience BC providing new information on potential effects of seismic events associated with hydraulic fracturing and subsurface water disposal in northeastern BC.
A team of researchers from Monahan Petroleum Consulting, Quaternary Geosciences Inc., Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., Frontier Geosciences Inc. and the University of Victoria compiled technical information from surface geology maps and boreholes. They produced a preliminary map of the soils, sands and gravels in the Peace region, and indicated which units are more likely to amplify seismic ground motions. The report grades areas in the Montney development area according to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program standard developed by United States federal agencies.
“Hydraulic fracturing rarely causes earthquakes that are felt at surface, according to data from regulators. Nonetheless, understanding where amplified seismic ground motions are more likely to occur is important for public safety and protection of infrastructure,” said project lead Patrick Monahan of Monahan Petroleum Consulting. “Seismicity has increased in northeastern BC in recent years due to hydraulic fracturing and fluid injection associated with natural gas production. This project identifies areas where amplified ground motions could occur.”
Geoscience BC Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas added: “This report shows how geology can dictate why smaller earthquakes are sometimes felt at the surface because seismic waves can be amplified as they travel through the ground”.
“This new research can help industry, regulators, communities and First Nations better understand areas with the potential of increased ground motion associated with natural gas extraction in the Peace River Regional District, thereby improving industry processes and protocols to manage felt events.”
The report’s recommendations include collecting more high-quality geotechnical and other borehole data to refine geotechnical mapping and acquiring additional shear-wave velocity data to improve models of the subsurface.
Brad Hayes wrote about the debates and science concerning hydraulic fracturing – published in the Daily Oil Bulletin on January 14. Link to article at the DOB.
The Daily Oil Bulletin published Brad Hayes’ article “The Proper Application of Science in Energy Policy”
The Daily Oil Bulletin published Brad Hayes’ article “The Proper Application of Science in Energy Policy” on December 5th.
Good science supports good public policy on many issues, particularly climate and energy. But it doesn’t stand alone – it is one of many important factors.
Kathleen Dorey, Managing Partner of Petrel Robertson Consulting Limited recently visited Cambodia in September 2018 to meet with energy government officials regarding a joint partnership to explore oil and gas opportunities in country. PRCL will be providing strategic and technical expertise to the partnership in order to assess the oil and gas opportunities and assist in bringing the potential production on stream.
The third and final article in “The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry” series by Brad Hayes appeared in the November 6th Daily Oil Bulletin. “What Must the Oil Industry do to Meet Demand Through 2050?” discusses the challenges our industry faces in supplying sufficient oil and gas to meet world demands in the coming decades.
The Daily Oil Bulletin published Brad Hayes’ monthly analysis article:”World Energy Supply and Demand through 2040″, Part 2
The second of three articles in “The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry” series by Brad Hayes appeared in the October 15th Daily Oil Bulletin. Part 2 at the DOB.
This article – “How will Climate Change Agreements and CO2 Emission Targets Affect Oil and Gas Demand?” – makes the case that societal demands around the world guarantee strong oil and gas demand for decades to come, regardless of talk and “cost-free sentiments” around cutbacks and control of CO2 emissions. Part 1 at the DOB.
Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. has recently been successful in securing contract work in India which will begin in 2019. The work will be multi-faceted and involve the assessment of seismic, drill holes and an extensive logging/core program to evaluate the resource potential in Northeast India. PRCL’s work will be carried with their joint venture partners for the project and is expected to be completed within a year.
Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring the Earth Science for Society (ESfS) Exhibition taking place in Calgary
Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring the Earth Science for Society (ESfS) Exhibition taking place in Calgary from March 17-19, 2019. This educational event demonstrates the importance and impact of Earth Science in our everyday lives. Visitors are exposed to various aspects of Earth Science through the activities, hands-on experiments, engaging demonstrations and interactive displays presented by many exhibitors. The event hosts over 2,500 grade school students, teachers, youth groups, families, community groups, as well as the public.
PRCL is engaged with First Helium Inc., a Canadian-based helium exploration company, to serve as FHI’s technical and operational partners
PRCL is engaged with First Helium Inc., a Canadian-based helium exploration company, to serve as FHI’s technical and operational partners. Guided by the PRCL technical and management team led by senior advisor David Johnson, FHI recently acquired a producing well and a large highly-prospective land position in Alberta. The FHI – PRCL team will further appraise and develop this opportunity, with the goal of producing liquid helium in the near future.
Geoscience BC announced release of a new major report Resource Oil Plays in Northeast British Columbia’s Portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin
Geoscience BC announced release of a new major report Resource Oil Plays in Northeast British Columbia’s Portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. PRCL led this compilation of new light tight oil potential in NEBC, supported by analytical work by AGAT Laboratories and Howard Anderson (reservoir engineering analysis). We outlined substantial new light oil potential in both the Halfway and Chinkeh Formations, while identifying concepts for light tight oil exploration in several other tight reservoir targets.
The project can be downloaded form the Geoscience BC website, here.
PRCL sponsored the Tom Baker Conquerors Cancer team on the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2018. Although forest fire smoke cut the event short, our riders completed a 200km+ weekend raising money for this great event. Pictured are John and Ben Cole proudly wearing their Petrel Robertson logos!!
Brad Hayes is now a regular contributor to JuneWarren Nickle’s Daily Oil Bulletin. About once a month he will publish an article providing deeper perspectives on aspects of the oil and gas industry, based on his diverse experience in industry, technical and professional organizations, and universities. Brad’s first article “Is the ‘Shale Revolution’ Working for Oil?” appeared July 9th at www.dailyoilbulletin.com.
PRCL has teamed up to undertake a regional assessment in the southern Indus Basin of Pakistan for Pakistan Petroleum Ltd
PRCL has teamed with Isobrine Solutions (Dr. Ben Rostron), Sherwood Geoconsulting (Dr. Mark Cooper) and Dr. John Pantano to undertake a regional assessment of basin-scale stratigraphy, structure, hydrogeology and petroleum systems in the southern Indus Basin of Pakistan for Pakistan Petroleum Ltd. Our goal is to better understand fluid movements and development of petroleum systems in the basin, in order to assess risks around hydrocarbon charge in structural traps.
Kathleen Dorey has been nominated by her industry peers to Chair the CSEG Foundation for the next term of the organization
Kathleen Dorey has been nominated by her industry peers to Chair the CSEG Foundation for the next term of the organization. The CSEG Foundation has been established to encourage and support scientific, educational and charitable activities that benefit geophysicists through the solicitation of contributions aimed at promoting the development of geophysical knowledge, education and public awareness.
What can unemployed and under-employed Canadian oil and gas professionals do in the face of decreased demand for their services? Our "human capital" and world-class databases do support other ventures, as Brad Hayes points out in his February article for the Daily Oil...