The Structure, Stratigraphy and Development of the Moose Field, a TCF sized gas field in the Alberta Fold and Thrust Belt
Field Trip Leaders:
Andrew C Newson B.Sc P.Geol, Moose Oils (2014) Ltd
Debbie Sanderson M.Sc P.Geol (retired)
Date: June 26th, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM MST
This trip is free and exclusive to CSPG Members.
IMPORTANT: Due to the Alberta Covid-19 regulations, the current capacity of this trip will be limited to 20 participants. The capacity will increase if the regulations change. Registrations will be closed once we reach maximum capacity.
Participants will need to complete these forms and submit them to the CSPG when registering. The CSPG will cancel the registrations if the completed forms are not provided at the time of registration. Forms to be sent to: email@example.com
The Moose Mountain anticline is the surface expression of a Tcf sized gas field in the Alberta Foothills. It is also a very convenient location to study the structure and stratigraphy this area.
This trip has three main objectives:
1) Look at the surface outcrops of the Mississippian Rundle Group and relate these rocks to the reservoirs seen in the subsurface. (Mundy et al 1997)
2) Observe the orientation of the surface outcrops to establish the details of the dip and plunge of the structure with relationship to outcrop pattern on the GSC map. (McMechan 1995)
3) Discuss the position that this structure sits in relationship to other productive and non-productive structures in the vicinity. (Fermor 1999)
This field trip is designed for Structural geologists. However, all CSPG members are welcome to join.
• Participants will meet at the Moose Gas Plant gate on Canyon Creek gate at 9 am.
• The gate to the Moose Gas Plant on Canyon Creek is 20 km west of Bragg Creek along Highway 66. Only registered members and their cars on the field trip are permitted through the gate. These gates will be locked again after 9am and if people arrive late, they will have to park at the near by car park and walk an extra 4 km to the first station.
• The field trip will follow an existing vehicle track with some rough foot trails as side excursions. The route will be approximately 5kms each way with only minor amounts of elevation gain.
• Be prepared for strong sunlight and cool temperatures. Rain or snow are also possible. Good hiking boots are needed with at least 1 litre of water and a good lunch carried in a sturdy backpack.
• Do not plan to be home early as you will not be able to leave before the end of the field trip.
• Participants will leave from this gate at 4pm at the end of the field trip.
Download the *kmz file for the Moose Gas Plant Gate.
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About the Field Trip Leaders
For over a quarter of a century Andrew Newson and Debbie Sanderson have run over 35 field trips to a variety of locations in the Fold and Thrust Belt of the Western Canadian Cordillera.
In June 2021 we will again lead a field trip to the Moose Dome, along Canyon Creek. This is an exceptionally good location as it provides great access to the structure and stratigraphy of the Mississippian outcrops. During this field trip, we can review the key outcrops to provide an overview of the geology as it relates to this large oil and gas field. This field trip will provide critical understanding for a second round of development drilling on the field. These wells doubled the reserves in the field. In addition, some of the knowledge gained here can be used to improve the understanding of other similar oil and gas fields in the Alberta Fold and Thrust Belt.
Andrew and Debbie will share their varied domestic and international experience in fold and thrust belts around the world. We will provide a mini synopsis of the key geological points at each stop with plenty of time for questions from the field trip participants.
Newson (in the straw hat) on the left and Debbie Sanderson on the right
providing insights into the Moose Dome in 1995