Canadian Offshore: BC investigates lifting West Coast exploration ban

The British Columbia government is fast-tracking a controversial decision on whether to open for exploration the potentially prolific Queen Charlotte basin off Canada's West Coast. Click here to enlarge imageThe Geological Survey of Canada, in a 1998 report, estimated the undiscovered resource potential of the basin at 25.8 tcf of natural gas and 9.8 billion bbl of crude oil. The basin is located in the Hecate Strait between the Queen Charlotte Islands and the British Columbia mainland.The area is subject to both British Columbia and federal moratoria on industry activity, and any approval for renewed activity would also require Ottawa's approval. Energy Minister Rich ard Neufeld...

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