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Revised Alberta Exploration Directives Will Change the Layout of Future Seismic Programs

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Written By: Doug Iverson P. Geoph, Consultant, iverson42x@gmail.com Published: The CSEG Recorder - June Edition (online) CAGC represents the business interests of the seismic industry within Canada – cagc.ca.  This column represents the authors’ perspectives on the seismic business. There have been important updates to the Alberta Exploration Regulation and the associated Exploration Directive that will allow better subsurface imaging on most new seismic acquisition programs and repeat 4D projects. The major change is described ‘briefly’ in the fourth last paragraph of this article. This Exploration Directive update is significant because it is the first time since 2009 that any of the 26 Directives have been reviewed, stakeholders engaged, and the Section rewritten and ultimately approved. The industry had been working since 2010 on numerous Directive improvements and finally, in April 2022, changes to 13 of the 26 Directives finally came into effect. So why did it take twelve

War In Ukraine Raises Questions About Pace And Scale Of Energy Transition

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Published: DOB Written By: Carter Haydu May 30, 2022 The European Union has delivered — with policies of transitioning onto renewables — energy security entirely into the hands of Russia, says  Ron Wallace , fellow with the  Canadian Global Affairs Institute  (CGAI). “And now, because of the Ukrainian crisis, the magnitude of what has happened here has really in the last few weeks exploded onto the policy agenda,” he told the  Bulletin . “Suddenly, you don’t hear a lot of talk about climate in Europe right now. It’s all about security. They’re facing consumer revolts.” For example,  Gazprom PJSC   recently halted  gas flows to Poland and Bulgaria, with plans to keep the supplies turned off until the two counties agree to pay for the fuel in rubles. The EU has rejected paying in rubles in principle, saying it violates sanctions and strengthens Russia’s hand. Jeremy Low , managing director, head of European oil and gas at  Houlihan Lokey Inc. , told an  Energy Council  webinar that in re

Energy Security cannot be forgotten in the global energy transition

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Written By: Jack Mintz and Ron Wallace Published: Macdonald-Laurier Institute ENERGY SECURITY CANNOT BE FORGOTTEN IN THE GLOBAL ENERGY TRANSITION  A new paper by Jack Mintz and Ron Wallace warns that overly rapid transitions to net zero will invite serious unintended consequences. OTTAWA, ON (April 12, 2022): While achieving greater energy efficiencies and reducing green house emissions sound reasonable, w

Doubling Down On Green Energy 'Economically Dangerous' With Targets Impossible To Meet: Keynote

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 Published: Daily Oil Bulletin Writer: Maurice Smith The green energy transition was not sustainable prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that has roiled global energy markets, and it’s even more untenable with the doubling down on the transition announced by many countries as a solution to the energy crisis, according to a senior fellow at the  Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc. In a keynote at the 2022 Scotiabank CAPP Energy Symposium titled The Energy Transition – A Reality Check in the Post-Ukraine World,  Mark Mills  said as a consequence of the war, “the world has rediscovered energy dependencies and the importance of hydrocarbons — oil, gas and coal.” “The interesting question in many respects is whether or not this will be some kind of great reset in energy matters, or whether it's an acceleration, as many of you already know, that the proponents of the energy transition want, an acceleration of that ostensible transition,” he told the symposium. The Manhattan I

At crisis time, Canada is boxed in by its energy policy tunnel-vision

Executive Summary The world is currently facing simultaneous energy and climate crises. There is considerable scientific  consensus that the impacts of a changing climate are having significant human costs as well as adverse  impacts on biodiversity. And broad agreement exists that we must put in place strong measures to  mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. At the same time, some climate policy responses have had significant negative effects on energy security, threatening the global economic recovery from  the COVID-19 pandemic and putting out future economic security at risk. Sadly, the pace, logistics, and costs of the transition from fossil fuels to low or zero carbon sources of  energy are still hotly debated. This is because reliable and affordable energy is fundamental to  our modern economic, political, and social systems, as well as to human well-being, and fossil fuels  are still the most reliable and affordable sources of that energy. Energy transitions take

Focus on the Future

  Like many others, companies and personnel engaged in seismic exploration activities have experienced extreme human and economic challenges since early 2020, many due to the seemingly never-ending waves of viral infections that have plagued the world’s populations but also from the consequential responses and continual attempts to curtail the viral spread. Apart from the health implications in trying to keep everyone alive, safe, and well, these challenges have extended to just being able “to find” suitable employees to construct seismic field crews, challenges that are compounded in the face of the array of different regional rules, prohibitions, mandates, lockdowns, testing, and restrictions to which they have been subjected. Notwithstanding that for economic and logistical reasons, they drive with 4 or more in a truck and sleep 2 to a room, “ Social Distancing ” usually isn’t a problem for seismic workers as they are often sent to work in the most remote of inhospitable environ