QUEEN CHARLOTTE BASIN OFF WESTERN CANADA MAY HOLD OIL, GAS POTENTIAL

Henry V. Lyatsky University of British Columbia Vancouver James W. Haggart Geological Survey of Canada Vancouver The queen Charlotte basin is a large Tertiary tectonic feature on the west coast of Canada. Over the last few decades it has repeatedly been the target of petroleum exploration.1 A considerable amount of drilling was carried out in the 1950s and 1960s,2 both on Queen Charlotte Islands and offshore. Six wells were drilled in Hecate strait and two in Queen Charlotte sound (Fig. 1).

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