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Applied Geoscience

Our Applied Geoscience research and development (R&D) focuses on oil and gas resource development and its potential environmental impacts on land, water, and ecosystems.

Our areas of focus

Resource development R&D at CanmetENERGY Devon focuses on:

  • hydraulic fracturing (HF): Assessing the chemical composition of HF and flowback fluids to:
    • improve the recycling of water used in HF operations
    • assess any damage to geological formations
    • inform remediation at HF sites

Research related to environmental impacts of oil and gas development at CanmetENERGY Devon focuses on:

  • impacts on water resources: Identifying potential impacts of oil and gas development on surface water and groundwater resources by investigating the environmental fate and behaviour of:
    • hydraulic fracturing fluids and drilling waste
    • trace contaminants associated with fracking in aquatic ecosystems
  • carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS):
    • quantifying gas migration associated with CO2 injection
  • abandoned and orphaned well sumps:
    • characterizing the impacts of sump leachates on groundwater
  • tailings management:
    • assessing the seepage of leachates from oil sands tailings

Applied Geoscience projects at CanmetENERGY Devon

Our current suite of R&D projects aims to improve understanding of oil and gas extraction performance and mitigate its potential environmental impacts.

Learn more about applied geoscience

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