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TitleAssessment of potential impacts of oil and gas development activities on shallow aquifers in the Fox Creek area (AB) - May 2021 update / Évaluation des impacts potentiels liés aux activités pétrolières et gazières sur les aquifères peu profonds dans la région de Fox Creek (AB) - mise à jour de mai 2021
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AuthorRivard, CORCID logo
SourcePublic presentations May 11, 2021: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects for the 2019-2024 program cycle; by Jacob, N; Jautzy, JORCID logo; Kao, HORCID logo; Rivard, CORCID logo; Ahad, J M EORCID logo; Gammon, P R; Outridge, P MORCID logo; Galloway, J MORCID logo; Desbarats, A JORCID logo; Duchesne, M JORCID logo; Bringué, MORCID logo; White, DORCID logo; Geological Survey of Canada, Scientific Presentation 125, 2021 p. 28-47, Open Access logo Open Access
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PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingPublic presentations: Environmental Geoscience Program; May 11, 2021
Lang.English; French
Mediaon-line; digital; video
RelatedThis publication is contained in Public presentations May 11, 2021: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects for the 2019-2024 program cycle
File formatpdf
AreaFox Creek
Lat/Long WENS-118.0000 -116.0000 54.0000 53.0000
Subjectsenvironmental geology; hydrogeology; geophysics; geochemistry; Economics and Industry; Nature and Environment; Science and Technology; groundwater resources; aquifers; groundwater pollution; petroleum industry; hydrocarbons; oil; gas; environmental impacts; vegetation; snow; wetlands; watersheds; field work; observation wells; geophysical logging; bedrock geology; lithology; sedimentary rocks; structural features; fractures; fluid flow; modelling; hydraulic analyses; Environmental Geoscience Program (EGP); Paskapoo Formation; Duvernay Formation; Wapiti Formation; Battle Formation; cumulative effects; Federal programs; Scientific research; Resource development; Environmental impact assessment; Methodology; Legislation; Forests; Habitats; Collaborative research
Illustrationslocation maps; photographs; schematic cross-sections; geophysical logs; plots; tables; profiles; cross-sections; geoscientific sketch maps; lithologic sections; 3-D models; pie charts; flow diagrams
ProgramEnvironmental Geoscience
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience
Released2021 07 16
AbstractA multidisciplinary and multi-institutional project was initiated in the Fox Creek area (west-central Alberta) in April 2019 to study environmental impacts of hydrocarbon development activities. The initial objective was to specifically study potential impacts on shallow groundwater. However, different Sectors within NRCan later identified the Fox Creek area as a region of interest for developing regional cumulative effects evaluation methods in support of new impact assessment legislation. As a result, the scope is now much broader and the project includes studies of vegetation, forest, snow cover, wetlands, and contributes to a woodland caribou habitat study. The project involves many collaborators from the federal and provincial governments, as well as from the academic community. This project is supported by the GGP and EGP programs.
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The goal of the Environmental Geoscience program (EGP) is to distinguish the environmental effects of natural resource development from those produced by natural processes, and to develop new approaches to support the sustainable use and development of Canada's natural resources through informed decision-making. The ultimate outcome of EGP is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Canadian environmental regulation and oversight. By developing innovative geoscience for environmental stewardship, as well as increasing public and private sector access to research findings, decision-makers have a greater capacity and are more empowered to carry out and review environmental assessments. This SP highlights the 5 public presentations provided on May 11, 2021 as well as all updates from all projects under the EGP.

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