Upcoming Division Talk
Critical Importance of Hydrogeology to WCSB Development
Speaker: Jamie Wills, M.Sc.,
P.Geol., President, Waterline Resources Inc.
Location: 2nd Floor, 540 – 5th
Ave SW, Calgary
Date: 11:45-13:00, January 18, 2018
As venue seating is limited, please register for free to guarantee a spot
presentation will highlight the fundamental importance of hydrogeology and water
to current and future oil and gas development.
It is applicable to a wide audience, including company directors, senior
financial and technical managers, project-based geoscience and engineering
staff, and operations staff, including risk-based decision makers and
has always been critical to petroleum exploration and development. From
understanding regional flow systems as drivers for the migration and trapping
of oil and gas deposits, to produced water management, to waterflood schemes, etc.,
all had to be understood to drive recovery and manage cash flow. As conventional production gave way to heavy
oil and oil sands projects, large water volumes were required to enable thermal
recovery and bitumen processing. More recently, our focus on tight reservoir
development, via horizontal wells and multi-zone fracs, requires large water
volumes and secure disposal zones.
the same time, changing climate patterns, and population and industry growth has
focused societal concerns on water sustainability and quality over the long
term. It is thus increasingly complex
for the petroleum industry to secure long-term water supplies, and to safely
and economically manage produced water.
Other considerations, such as the risks posed by aging infrastructure to
non-saline water resources, and other key receptors, place additional pressure
on industry to manage the collective liability.
is often stated “no water, no project”.
Thus, as an industry we must improve our understanding of water resources, and
recognize that hydrogeology factors into all aspects of the life cycle of an O&G
asset. Our discipline must incorporate
the knowledge of petroleum geoscientists, physical and contaminant
hydrogeologists, and surface water professionals. Those whom invest in
increased water knowledge, and available smart tools, will maximize their
individual and corporate success.
presentation will review some of these aspects, efforts, tools, regulations and
drivers, as well as upcoming CSPG Hydrogeology short courses. It will also illustrate how the CSPG
Hydrogeology Division can play a lead role in hydrogeology knowledge training
Mr. Wills is
president and co-founder of Waterline Resources Inc., an AB and BC-based
hydrogeology and environmental consulting firm providing services to the energy,
industrial, commercial and government sectors in western Canada. Jamie has 30
years of experience on groundwater exploration, development and management,
including water resource and contaminant hydrogeology projects in Western
Canada and internationally. He has extensive experience on regional
assessments, including preparing baseline and EIAs for in-situ projects in
Alberta’s oil sands regions. A key role for him is assisting clients with
developing strategic water management plans for unconventional plays, as well
as risk management associated with aging O&G infrastructure. Jamie received
a B.Sc. in geology, and a M.Sc. in hydrogeology, from the University of
Waterloo. He has chaired and presented at numerous conferences over the last three
decades, and currently Chairs the CSPG Hydrogeology Division