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UNCONVENTIONAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND INDUCED SEISMICITY IN WESTERN CANADA

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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.

BIOGRAPHY

Professor David Eaton holds the NSERC/Chevron Industrial Research Chair in Microseismic System Dynamics in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. Together with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, his work focuses primarily on advancement of research, education and technological innovations in microseismic methods and their practical applications for resource development, with a secondary focus on the deep lithospheric structure of continents. In 2007, he rejoined the University of Calgary as Head of the Department of Geoscience, 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 has over 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, including articles in Nature and Science.




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SPE Canadian Region Awards Presentation Notice

Edmonton-area winners of 2017 SPE Canadian Region Awards will be recognized in person as part of the January 22, 2018 SPE Edmonton Section Technical Presentation dinner event being held at the University of Alberta. Please come out to join me in acknowledging and congratulating your industry colleagues shown below as very deserving recipients of these prestigious individual awards.

Cam Matthews, SPE Canadian Regional Director


Regional Service Awards

SPE Regional Service Awards acknowledge exceptional contributions to the Society of Petroleum Engineers at the section or regional level and recognize singular devotion of time and effort to the programs and development of the member’s section.

Award Winner: Varagur S.V. Rajan, Ph.D, P.Eng., Retired

Faculty Awards

Faculty members in a petroleum engineering or technology school listed in the energy4me.org list of Petroleum Engineering & Technology Schools Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty recognizes superior teaching, excellence in research, significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession, and/or special effectiveness in advising and guiding students.

Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty

Award Winner: Dr. Ergun Kuru, Professor, University of Alberta

Regional Technical Awards

The SPE Regional Technical Awards acknowledge exceptional contributions to the Society of Petroleum Engineers at the section or regional level and recognize singular devotion of time and effort to the programs and development of technical expertise in eight disciplines.

Completions Optimization and Technology

Award Winner: Todd Zahacy, C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc.

Formation Evaluation

Award Winner: Dr. Richard Chalaturnyk, University of Alberta

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