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TitleÉvaluation des effets cumulatifs environnementaux liés à l'exploitation de ressources non conventionnelles dans la région de fox Creek, en Alberta
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorRivard, CORCID logo
SourceNatural Resources Canada, General Information Product 141f, 2021, 1 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediadigital; on-line
RelatedThis publication is a translation of Cumulative Effects of Unconventional Resources Development project in the Fox Creek area (Alberta)
File formatpdf
AreaFox Creek
Lat/Long WENS-118.0000 -116.0000 54.0000 53.0000
Subjectsenvironmental geology; hydrogeology; geophysics; Science and Technology; Nature and Environment; Government and Politics; Economics and Industry; Health and Safety; Information and Communications; environmental studies; environmental impacts; groundwater resources; aquifers; groundwater pollution; groundwater flow; wetlands; vegetation; petroleum industry; hydrocarbon recovery; hydraulic fracturing; seismology; seismicity; seismic risk; ecology; Environmental Geoscience Program; Geological Survey Of Canada; Federal government; Federal programs; Scientific research; Natural resources; Resource development; Environmental impact assessment; environmental baseline studies; cumulative effects; Forests
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience
Released2021 01 01; 2023 03 20
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
In the last decade, unconventional resource development has raised environmental concerns about various issues, including water contamination and depletion, induced seismicity, wetland disturbance, forest fragmentation, and modification of the vegetation cover. A multidisciplinary project on the characterization of shallow aquifers and assessment of potential impacts of oil and gas (O&G) development activities in the Fox Creek area in west-central Alberta started in April 2019. One of the most active areas for hydrocarbon production in Canada over the last 50 years, the Fox Creek area has experienced some of the largest induced seismic events (ML>4.5) related to hydraulic fracturing. The project focusses mostly on a 700 km2 study area and combines fieldwork (including drilling several monitoring wells and conducting geophysical logging); laboratory analyses; interpretation and analysis of existing and newly acquired data; and numerical modeling. The different models currently being developed include a coupled surface water and groundwater model; a hydro-ecological model; a velocity model; and a geomechanical model of the entire sedimentary succession. Because the Fox Creek area has been disturbed by the acquisition of seismic surveys and by the construction of pipelines, roads and well pads, NRCan later decided to build on this project to also study cumulative environmental effects. The project scope is now larger. It includes studies on vegetation, forest, wetlands and landscape evolution, as well as a general study on how to improve the assessment of cumulative effects within the framework of environmental assessments. In summary, this 5-year project (2019-2024) aims to assess the cumulative impacts of hydrocarbon activities, mainly on water resources, landscape, and ecosystem services.

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