Alberta, industry work to minimize seismic footprint in protected areas

Industry and government banded together in Alberta to improve seismic imaging and reduce overall oil and gas project costs in areas adjacent to protected places.Alberta Community Development, an agency based in Edmonton, provided WesternGeco with limited access to the 1,766-acre Saskatoon Mountain Natural Area in west-central Alberta to test "zero-impact" seismic methods.The exercise, which results from a cooperative effort between the Alberta government and several industry groups, is designed to contribute to more effective management of the natural area while helping industry to better image the subsurface resources adjacent to it, the agency said.The cost of seismic acquisition rises,...

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