Integrated Geoscience Studies of the Mackenzie Delta and Nearby Coastal Environments

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, environmental impact, gas seep, geochemistry

Principal Investigator: Wright, Fred J (3)
Licence Number: 13996
Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Licenced Year(s): 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004
Issued: Jul 11, 2006
Project Team: Scott Dallimore (field lead, NRCan), Mark Nixon (field assistant, NRCan), Robert Bowen (GIS, methodology, field assistant, Diversified Scientific Solutions)

Project Description: The project objectives are to provide critical geologic and geotechnical data in support of the sound design, construction and operation of infrastructure associated with regional resource development, and to enhance the benefits of development while limiting adverse impacts.

The research will characterize active gas seeps observed by the National Energy Board, GSC and Inuvialuit. Active gas seeps may represent a significant source of greenhouse gases, and also constitute a hazard to shallow drilling investigations and winter operations on lakes and river channels. The program will study 3 large seeps to: 1) document the physical morphology of active hydrocarbon gas seeps, 2) characterize their water and gas geochemistry, 3) determine the magnitude and variability of gas discharge, and 4) assess local/regional geology to identify the geologic origins of these active gas flows. Characterization of these phenomena will provide valuable information about the local hydrocarbon system in advance of full-scale development.

Published results are sent to communities and regional governing organizations. Posters designed for the public are displayed at Inuvik Research Centre.

Local guides, students and contractors are hired for short periods, and supplies and services are purchased in the communities. Local knowledge of study targets and environmental conditions impacting the study are sought and used.
The study will be conducted at Big Lake, 69°24'30" / 134°56'30" and Middle Channel, 69°19'30" / 135°29'15". Work will be
based from Inuvik, but may also use a summer camp on Richards Island, 69°28'44" / 134°34'32"