Oil & Gas Development near Quesnel

Photo courtesy of A. Calvert, Simon Fraser University and Geoscience BC

Seismic surveying is underway in the Nechako Basin.

Geoscience BC and C-G-G Veritas of Calgary have begun seismic reflection survey’s just west of Quesnel. The 2.5 million dollar survey, totaling approximately 350 line kilometers has been funded by Geoscience BC and the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

"Successful oil and gas development in the Nechako Basin has the potential to help offset the economic impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation," said Richard Neufeld, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. "We are committed to improving geoscience information and First Nations engagement throughout British Columbia as key parts to the long term success of this initiative and this year’s funding of $5.7-million as well as $5-million in 2005 will continue to achieve that goal."

This seismic reflection survey in the Nechako will be the first seismic work to be carried out in the area since the early 1980s when Canadian Hunter collected approximately 1300 km of seismic data using Vibroseis. Although 5 wells were drilled in the early 1980s as a result of this program, hydrocarbon exploration in the area ceased soon after.