CADE January Luncheon
Thursday January 12, 2017 at The Calgary Petroleum Club
Unconventional Resource Development and Induced Seismicity in Western Canada
Please join us on Thursday January 12, 2017 where we will have a discussion about the causes, risks, and solutions of induced seismicity in western Canada that can be caused by oil & gas activities such as hydraulic fracturing.
The development of oil and gas resources in many unconventional plays throughout North America relies upon well-completion technologies, particularly hydraulic fracturing, in order to enhance reservoir permeability. Recent studies in western Canada have shown that, for about 0.3% of well completions, hydraulic fracturing can trigger earthquakes by activating slip on a nearby fault.
Areas that appear to be most prone to anomalous induced seismicity (AIS) include the Kaybob-Duvernay region in central Alberta, the Montney play and Horn River basin in northeastern BC. Provincial regulatory agencies have introduced management protocols, or traffic-light systems, which mandate a halt in operations in the case of a nearby seismic event that exceeds a specified red-light threshold (e.g. local magnitude 4.0).
Risk factors that predispose certain areas to AIS from hydraulic fracturing, including locations and state of stress on pre-existing faults, are currently being investigated. This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of knowledge for this issue and highlight areas where academia, industry and governments are actively collaborating to seek solutions.
Dr. David Eaton (NSERC/Chevron Industrial Research Chair in Microseismic System Dynamics, University of Calgary)
Professor Dave Eaton received his B.Sc. from Queen’s University in 1984 and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in 1988 and 1992. He rejoined the University of Calgary in 2007 after an 11-year academic career at the University of Western Ontario. His postdoctoral research experience included work at Arco’s Research and Technical Services (Plano, Texas) and the Geological Survey of Canada (Ottawa). He is presently co-director of the Microseismic Industry Consortium, a novel, applied-research geophysical initiative dedicated to the advancement of research, education and technological innovations in microseismic methods and their practical applications for resource development. In addition to microseismic monitoring and induced seismicity, his current research is also focused on the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary beneath continents. He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications.
Date and Time:
Thursday January 12, 2017
Check-in & Buffet Lunch Opens: 11:30AM
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