CADE June Luncheon

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Thursday June 1, 2017 at The Calgary Petroleum Club

Drilling Technology Applications & Field Development Environment in Quebec

Please join us on Thursday June 1, 2017 where we will be presented with an update on the status of shale gas activity and progress on energy regulation and environmental legislation in Quebec. Technical discussions on drilling issues and project development plans will also be addressed.


The Quebec Lowlands are situated in Quebec, south of the St. Lawrence Seaway between Montreal and Quebec City. The exploration potential of the Quebec Lowlands is complemented by proximity to one of the largest natural gas markets in North America. The area is prospective for natural gas in several horizons with the primary target being the Utica shale.

Following a vertical test well program in 2008 and 2009, Questerre and its partner, Repsol (then Talisman), began a pilot horizontal well program to assess commerciality of the Utica shale in 2010. In the fall of 2010, the pilot program was suspended while the provincial government initiated a Strategic Environmental Assessment. Between 2010 and 2016, four SEAs were completed at the request of the Government of Quebec. Overall, the SEAs provided recommendations on social, environmental, economic, safety, transport and greenhouse gas issues. Among the main findings, the modernization of the legislative and regulatory framework governing hydrocarbons in Quebec was identified as being necessary.

After six years, in December 2016, the Government of Quebec passed Bill 106 which enacts or amends various pieces of legislation relating to clean energy and oil and gas exploration in the Quebec, including the Petroleum Resources Act (Quebec), which sets out a comprehensive new regime governing petroleum exploration and development in Quebec. The date of the coming into force of the Petroleum Resources Act (Quebec) has not yet been set and the regulations referred to in the said act remains to be drafted and enacted.

Along with social acceptability, these hydrocarbon regulations and environmental legislation are prerequisites to the resumption of field activities, but much progress has been made in the last 6 years. A greater understanding of the geology, drilling issues and project development by the oil and gas services industry is therefore timely as the next phase of field activity nears. The issues and initiatives designed to gain social acceptability will also be discussed.


Peter Coldham, P.Eng., MBA . (VP Engineering & Operations – Questerre Energy Corp.)

Mr. Coldham is a petroleum engineer with 35 years of broad experience in all aspects of the oil & gas industry in Western Canada. His career has spanned work in rank exploration prospecting and exploratory drilling all the way through the industry to the downstream refining and marketing sector.

He was employed by Chevron Canada from 1982 to 1997 in a variety of groups and job functions. He worked in the midstream industry with Dynegy Canada from 1997 to 2001. He then consulted for a year, worked with El Paso Oil & Gas and Fortune Energy. He is currently working for Questerre Energy Corp. as VP of Engineering and Operations since 2005.

Mr. Coldham holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering (1982) from the University of Alberta and an MBA (1996) from the University of Calgary.

Date and Time:

Thursday June 1, 2017

Check-in & Buffet Lunch Opens: 11:30AM
Presentation: 12:05PM
Reception: 1:00PM

Calgary Petroleum Club, Devonian Room | 319 5th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This event has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming CADE event!