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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Interior Basins

Background
Maps
Studies
Brochures

Presentations

Background

Throughout the central part of the province, several sedimentary basins, such as the Bowser, Whitehorse and Nechako Basins have been identified as having significant petroleum and natural gas resource potential. However, due to their high degree of structural disruption, relative isolation and limited subsurface geological and geophysical information, their hydrocarbon potential has been difficult to quantify. Ongoing resource assessment studies are now being conducted by the federal geological survey. This effort, in tandem with ministry exploration geological studies, will attempt to compile new data and identify new exploration opportunities in these areas. Coalbed gas is also a significant potential resource (est. 9 Tcf) and a call for postings of petroleum and natural gas rights has been issued for the Tuya, Klappan/ Groundhog and Telkwa coalfields.

For an overview of a collaborative research project between Natural Resources Canada (Geological Survey of Canada) and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources on the Bowser and Sustut basins, and some basic background geological and energy resource information of the basins, including preliminary results of recent research, please visit www.bowserbasin.com.


Maps


1. Vitrinite and Bitumen Reflectance Data and Preliminary Organic Maturity Model for the northern two
    thirds of the Bowser and Sustut Basins
, north-central British Columbia  
   
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, New Ventures Branch
    Petroleum Geology Open File 2002-1
    RAR 1 2 3 4 5 Note: RAR files are 10MB each.
    After successful download of all the components, click on part1.rar to unzip.


2. Bowser Basin, Geology and Infrastructure
    Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, New Ventures Branch
    Bowser Sustut Workshop April 22, 2003( 5.5MB)

 


3. Bowser Basin, Landsat Image
    Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, New Ventures Branch
    Bowser Sustut Workshop April 22, 2003 ( 28MB)
    RAR 1  2  3 
    Note: RAR files are 10MB each. After successful download of all the components, click on part1.rar to unzip.

 

4.  Geology of the Southern Nechako Basin (PGOF2006-3)
     also known as Petroleum Geology Map 2006-1
     NTS 92N, 92O, 93B, 93C, 93F, 93G
     Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch
     Sheet 1 Geology Map, Sheet 2 Geology Legend, Sheet 3 Geology with Contoured Gravity Underlay

 

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Studies

1. Oil and Gas Resource Potential of the Bowser-Whitehorse Area of British Columbia by P. Hannigan,
    P.J. Lee, K.G. Osadetz, J.R. Dietrich and K. Olsen-Heise 
    Geological Survey of Canada, BCGS Geofile 2001-5, March 1995


2. Oil and Gas Resource Potential of the Nechako-Chilcotin Area of British Columbia (PGOF2002-3) by P. Hannigan, P.J. Lee,
    K.G. Osadetz, J.R. Dietrich and K. Olsen-Heise, Geological Survey of Canada, BCGS Geofile 2001-6,
    September 1994


3. Vitrinite and Bitumen Reflectance Data and Preliminary Organic Maturity Model for the northern two
    thirds of the Bowser and Sustut Basins
, north-central British Columbia; Ministry of Energy, Mines and
    Petroleum Resources, New Ventures Branch

    Petroleum Geology Open File 2002-1

4. Rock-Eval/TOC Results from 11 northern British Columbia Boreholes 
    Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, New Ventures Branch
    Petroleum Geology Open File 2003-1


5. Molecular composition of Crude Oil Stains from Bowser Basins by K.G. Osadetz, C.A. Evenchick,
    F. Ferri, L. D. Stasiuk, M. Obermajer and N.S F. Wilson
    Petroleum Geology Open File 2003-5


6. Atlin TGI, Part VI: Early to Middle Jurassic Sedimentation, Deformation and a Preliminary
    Assessment of Hydrocarbon Potential, Central Whitehorse Trough and Northern Cache Creek Terrane by J.M.
    English, M.G. Mihalynuk, S.T. Johnston, M.J. Orchard, M. Fowler and L.J. Leonard, BCGS Fieldwork 2002, page 187. 


7. Indications for Effective Petroleum Systems in Bowser and Sustut Basins, North-Central British Columbia
    by K.G. Osadetz, C.A. Evenchick, F. Ferri, L.D. Stasiuk and N.S.F. Wilson, BCGS Fieldwork 2002, page 257.

                                                                                                                                                     
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8. Petroleum Exploration Potential of the Nechako Basin, British Columbia from Ministry of Energy,
    Mines and Petroleum Resources, New Ventures Branch
    Petroleum Geology Special Paper 2002-3
    - Nechako Basin ZIP(54MB) RAR 1 2 3 4 5

    - Nechako ZIP(800KB)


    Note: Directions for opening Nechako Arcview-files:
    - Download both "Nechako Basin" and "Nechako" files to your computer’s local drive.

    - Unzip both files to your computer's C:/Drive

    - Open both C:/Nechako Basin/Nechako Basin.apr and C:/Nechako/Nechako Basin Schematic
       Cross-Section Final.apr. Note also that you must open the .apr file from within Arcview
       for them to open properly.

9. Gravity and Magnetic Survey, Nechako Basin Study
    Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Oil and Gas Division
    Petroleum Geology Open File 2004-1
   
10. Rock-Eval VI Analysis of Samples from the Central Whitehorse Trough by the
     Geological Survey of Canada, Calgary in partnership with the BC Ministry of
     Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
     Fowler, M. (2004) et al.
     Petroleum Geology Open File 2004-2

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11. Interior Basins Strategy by Hayes, M., Ferri, F. and Morii, S.

     Summary of Activities 2004, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch

12. Qualitative Interpretation of Potential Field Profiles: Southern Nechako Basin by Best, M.E.
     Summary of Activities 2004, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch


13. Thermal Maturity in the Central Whitehorse Trough, Northwest British Columbia by English, J.M.,
     Fowler, M., Johnston, S.T., Mihalynuk, M.G. and Wight, K.L. 
     Summary of Activities 2004, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch


14. Petroleum Source Rock Potential of Lower to Middle Jurassic Clastics, Intermontane Basins,
     British Columbia
by Ferri, F., Osadetz, K. and Evenchick C.
     Summary of Activities 2004, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch


15. Sterane Compositional Traits of Bowser and Sustut Basin Crude Oils: Indications for Three Effective
    Petroleum Systems
by Osadetz, K.G., Jiang, C., Evenchick, C.A., Ferri, F., Stasiuk, L.D.Wilson, N.S.F.
    and Hayes, M.; Summary of Activities 2004, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch


16. Structural Relationship Between the Laberge Group and Sinwa Formation on Copper Island,
     Southern Atlin Lake, Northwest British Columbia
by Wight, K.L., English, J.M. and Johnston, S.T.
     Summary of Activities 2004, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch


17. Skeena and Bowser Lake Groups, West Half Hazelton Map Area (93M) by Ferri, F., Mustard, P.S.,
     McMechan, M., Ritcey, D., Smith, G.T., Evenchick, C. and Boddy, M. 
    
Summary of Activities 2005, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch


18. Geochemistry of Early to Middle Jurassic Organic-Rich Shales, Intermontane Basins, British Columbia
    
by Ferri, F. and Boddy, M.; Summary of Activities 2005, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch


19. The Southern Contact of the Bowser Lake and Skeena Groups: Unconformity or Transition?
    
by Smith, G.T. and Mustard, P.S.; Summary of Activities 2005, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch


20. Reservoir Quality Assessment of Samples from the Skeena and Bowser Lake Groups, Northern 
     British Columbia
by Iftikhar Abid and Filippo Ferri; Petroleum Geology Open File 2006-1, 
     Resource Development and Geoscience Branch


21. The Nechako Initiative - Geoscience Update 2007 by Riddell, J. 
    
Petroleum Geology Open File 2007-1, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch
    
Contents:
     - Foreword: Ferri, F.
     - A Passive Seismic Investigation of the Geological Structure within the Nechako Basin: Cassidy, J. &
     Al-Khoubi, I.

     - A Detailed Facies (Sedimentological and Ichnological) Evaluation of Archived Hydrocarbon Exploration
     Drill Core from the Nechako Basin, B.C.: Mustard, P.S. & MacEachern, J.A.

     - New Geoscience Data from the Nechako Basin Project: Riddell, J., Ferri, F., Sweet, A. &
     O'Sullivan, P.

     Petrophysical Analysis – Nechako Basin: Smith, I.F.

 

22. Petrographic Analyses of Potential Reservoir Units of the Nechako Region of British Columbia
    by Brown, D., Simpson, J., Daniels, H. and Riddell, J. (2008): Petrographic Analyses of Potential
    Reservoir Units of the Nechako Region of British Columbia, British Columbia Ministry of Energy,
    Mines and Petroleum Resources, Oil & Gas Report 2008-8 (also known as Petroleum Geology Open
    File 2008-09), 110 pages.

 

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Brochures

1. Bowser and Sustut Basins ( 1MB)

2. Nechako Basin ( 1MB)

Presentations

1. Presentations from Bowser Sustut Workshop April 22, 2003 
    Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, New Ventures Branch

  • Bowser and Sustut Basins State of Knowledge and New Initiatives by C.A. Evenchick PPT(9MB)
  • Bowser Basin: Application of Public Domain Potential Field Date to Studies of Basin Architecture by Carmel Lowe PPT(82MB) RAR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  • Bowser and Sustut Basins by Fil Ferri PPT(4MB)
  • Bowser and Sustut Basins by Mark Hayes PPT(4MB)
  • Indications for Effective Petroleum Systems in Bowser Basin: Implications for Petroleum Exploration and Resource Assessments by K.G. Osadetz, C.A. Evenchick, F. Ferri, L.D. Stasiuk, N.S.F. Wilson PPT (20MB)RAR 1 2
  • Coalbed Methane Potential of the Anthracite Groundhog/Klappa Coalfield, Northern Bowser Basin by Barry Ryan PPT(4MB)
  • Kerogen, Thermal Maturity, Crude Oil Inclusions, and Pyrobitumens in Bowser and Hazleton Group by L.D. Stasiuk and N.S.F. Wilson PPT(9MB)
  • Petroleum Fluid Inclusions by Nick Wilson PPT(7MB)
  • Petroleum Geology Framework, South Central Bowser Basin, British Columbia by J.W. Haggart PPT(100MB)
    RAR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 
    Note: RAR files are 10MB each. After successful download of all the components, click on part1.rar to unzip.

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2. Presentations from Bowser Sustut Workshop February 26, 2004

  • Current Knowledge of Bowser and Sustut Basins and Results From the 2003 Field Season by C.A. Evenchick1, F. Ferri2, M. McMechan1, K.G. Osadetz1, L. Stasiuk1, N.S.F. Wilson1; R.J. Enkin1, C. Lowe1, V.J. McNicoll1, P.S. Mustard3, T. Hadlari4, T. Poulton1, A. Sweet1 PPT(24MB) RAR 1 2 3

    Note:
    (1) Geological Survey of Canada
    (2) British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
    (3) Simon Fraser University;(4) Carleton University

  • Coalbed Methane potential of the anthracite Groundhog/Klappan Coalfield Northern Bowser Basin by Barry Ryan, Resources Development and Geosciences Branch, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources BC PPT(23MB) RAR 1 2 3

  • Overview of the Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of the Bowser, Sustut and Skeena Groups by Peter S Mustard, Simon Fraser University PPT(22MB) RAR 1 2

  • Effective Petroleum Systems and Crude Oil Compositions in Bowser Basin by K.G. Osadetz1, C. Jiang2, C.A. Evenchick3, F. Ferri4, B. Mayr5, L.D. Stasiuk1, N.S.F. Wilson1 and M. Hayes4  PPT(21MB) RAR 1 2

    Note:
    (1) Geological Survey of Canada: Calgary, 3303 - 33rd St. N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2L 2A7
    (2) Humble Geochemical Services Division, 218 Higgins Street, Humble, Texas 77338 U.S.A.
    (3) Geological Survey of Canada: Pacific, 101 - 605 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5J3
    (4) Oil and Gas Emerging Opportunities & Geosciences Branch, BC Ministry of Energy and Mines
    (5) University of Calgary, University Drive, Calgary Alberta.

  • Interior Basins Development Strategy: What’s New & Where We Are Headed by Sachie Morii, The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Oil and Gas Division Resource Development & Geoscience Branch PPT (1MB)
    Note: RAR files are 10MB each. After successful download of all the components, click on part1.rar to unzip

3. Presentations from Bowser Sustut Workshop February 27, 2004

  • Bowser - Sustut Project: Digital Cartography/GIS/Imagery by Carol Wagner and GSC Vancouver PPT(4MB) 

  • Physical property and potential field data: insights into the subsurface geology of Bowser Basin by Carmel Lowe & Chris Bellamy, Geological Survey of Canada - Pacific PPT(50MB) RAR 1 2 3 4 5

  • Overview of the Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of the Bowser, Sustut and Skeena Groups by Peter S Mustard, Simon Fraser University PPT(22MB) RAR 1 2

  • Database Design and Entry Final Product CD by Jamel Joseph GSC Pacific, 101-605 Robson St, Vancouver BC, V6B 5J3 PPT(1MB)

  • Palynology of the Bowser and Sustut Basins: Age, Depositional Environment, Organic Maturity, and Preservation by A. Sweet, Geological Survey of Canada PPT(13MB)

  • Lower to Middle Jurassic Clastics by Filippo Ferri, Resource Development and Geoscience Branch, British Columbia, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
    PPT(35MB) RAR 1 2 3 4

  • Stratigraphic and Structural Overview of the Bowser and Sustut Basins by C.A. Evenchick, Geological Survey of Canada: Pacific, 101 - 605 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5J3 PPT(11MB)

  • Integrated Petroleum Resource Potential and Geoscience Studies of the Bowser and Sustut Basins by C.A. Evenchick, Geological Survey of Canada: Pacific, 101 - 605 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5J3 PPT(9MB)

  • What's Next: Preliminary Research Plans for 2004/05 by C.A. Evenchick, Geological Survey of Canada: Pacific, 101 - 605 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5J3 PPT(140KB)

  • An overview of the Northern Resources Development Program and role of the Bowser/Sustut project by David J. Scott PPT(2MB)

  • Structure of McConnell Creek, NTS 94D,British Columbia by Margot McMechan, Geological Survey of Canada PPT(23MB) RAR 1 2 3

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  • Petroleum Systems by K.Osadetz PPT(17MB)

  • Bowser IM by M. Quat, GSC-P, Gatherer of Data PPT(110KB)

  • Bowser Project Outreach Bob Turner1, Godfrey Nowlan1, Dave Mate1 , Carol Evenchick1, Richard Franklin1 and Bowser Basin team1, Darren King2, Meleeta Coltman3, Mike Turner3, John Turner4 PPT(4MB)

    Note:
    (1)NRCan
    (2)Exploration Place
    (3)School District 57
    (4)Duke Energy Ltd.

  • Hydrothermal Events in the Bowser Basin: Preliminary Paleomagnetic Studies by Randy Enkin, Judith Baker, Carol Evenchick, Geological Survey of Canada - Pacific PPT(110KB)

  • Petrological Insights into Thermal Maturity, Source Rocks, Migration, Diagenesis L.D. Stasiuk and N.S.F Wilson, Natural Resources Canada, Geological Survey of Canada PPT(11MB)

    Note: RAR files are 10MB each. After successful download of all the components, click on part1.rar to unzip

4. Indications for Effective Petroleum Systems in Bowser Basin: Implications for Petroleum Exploration
    and Resource Assessments by K.G. Osadetz, C. A. Evenchick, F. Ferri, L. D. Stasiuk and N. S. F. Wilson
    Geological Survey of Canada and BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Oil and Gas Division,
    Oil and Gas Emerging Opportunities and Geosciences Branch
   
    This is a talk presented at the CSPG (Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists) Luncheon on October 21, 2003.
    It includes information on petroleum systems in Bowser basin.

    PPT(25MB) RAR 1 2 3 
    Note: RAR files are 10MB each. After successful download of all the components, click on part1.rar to unzip

 

5. Presentations from Bowser Sustut Workshop February 22, 2005
    The list of presentations and presentation files are available at:http://www.bowserbasin.com/downloads.htm


6. Presentations from Bowser Sustut Workshop February 23, 2005
    The list of presentations and presentation files are available at:http://www.bowserbasin.com/downloads.htm


7. Presentations from Bowser Sustut Workshop February 21, 2006

    The list of presentations and presentation files are available below:

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  • Interior Basins Strategy Overview by Derek Brown PPS(1MB)
  • Nechako Basin: Objectives and Geological Overview by Filippo Ferri PPS(18MB)
  • Nechako Basin: Stratigraphic Framework by Janet Riddell PPS(10MB)
  • The Bowser/Sustut Project: Introduction, overview of project status, and highlights of recent research by C.A. Evenchick PPS(13MB)
  • Overview of the Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of the Bowser, Sustut and Skeena Groups by P.S. Mustard, C.A. Evenchick, M.E. McMechan, D.H. Ritcey, G. Smith and F. Ferri PPS (20MB)
  • Thermal maturation, potential source rock evaluation and preliminary constraints on petroleum migration history, Bowser Basin, British Columbia, Canada by L.D. Stasiuk and N.S.F. Wilson PPS(17MB)
  • Apatite Fission Track Thermochronology of the Northern Bowser and Sustut Basins: Constraints On Latest Cretaceous Through Cenozoic Thermal History by P.B. O’Sullivan, F. Ferri, C.A. Evenchick, K.G. Osadetz, R.A. Donelick PPS(11MB)
  • Additional insights into Bowser Basin petroleum systems from aromatic fraction hydrocarbon composition by K.G. Osadetz and C. Jiang PDF(10MB)
  • Applications of whole rock geochemistry and heavy minerals to petroleum exploration in the Bowser and Sustut basins, British Columbia by D.H. Ritcey and K.T. Ratcliffe PPS (13MB)
  • Transverse structure and tectonic inversion, Mosque Mountain area, southeastern Skeena Fold Belt, British Columbia by M.E. McMechan PPS(12MB)
  • Paleomagnetic Investigation of Hydrothermal Events in the Bowser Basin by R.J. Enkin, J. Baker, and C.A. Evenchick PPS(23MB)
  • Initiation of the Bowser Basin: the transition from Hazelton to Bowser Lake Group by J. Waldron, J-F Gagnon, and W. Loogman PPS(38MB)
  • Seismic tomographic cross sections of the Bowser Basin by D. Snyder, and B. Roberts PPS(37MB)

 

 

 8. Presentations and posters from the Interior Basins of British Columbia Workshop 2008


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