petrolier potential in the Queen Charlotte Basin


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The Department of Earth Sciences and Ocean at the University of Victoria (UVic) has published a study on the potential presence of natural gas and oil in the Queen Charlotte Basin, off British Columbia .

Une investigation detaillee a ete menee sur le systeme petrolifere de ce secteur geographique pour tenter d’ameliorer l’information scientifique disponible sur les reserves offshore de la Colombie Britannique en gaz et en petrole. A l’aide de programmes de modelisation informatique avances, les informations geophysiques, geologiques et geochimiques existantes ont ete analysees pour mieux identifier les facteurs influencant la formation et l’accumulation d’hydrocarbures.

The researchers concluded that the necessary conditions for the formation of natural gas and oil were met in the Queen Charlotte Basin. D'after Dr. Michael Whiticar, professor of biogeochemistry has UVic, the delimitation of areas presenting a potential tanker will have different groups to refine their economic and environmental assessment and better target their activities.

This study was funded through the research program "Coast Under Stress" - which addresses the environmental impacts of restructuring, social and economic communities on coastal - and the Minister of Energy and Mines of British Columbia.

contacts:
- Dr. Michael Whiticar (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences) -
whiticar@uvic.ca
- Steve Simons (BC Offshore Oil and Gas Team, Ministry of Energy and Mines)
-
steven.simons@gems7.gov.bc.ca
- Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) - lironim@uvic.ca
Sources: University of Victoria media release, 18 / 11 / 2004
Editor: Delphine Dupre, VANCOUVER,
attache-scientifique@consulfrance-vancouver.org


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