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Geoscience BC update
April to June 2021

Hello friends, I hope you are all well and enjoying the start of summer!   

This update covers the April to June 2021 quarter and includes news about recently released minerals research and data from Geoscience BC's Central Interior Copper-Gold Research program to focus mineral exploration in the region, as well as a blog on minerals research projects that have added new value to old samples by reanalyzing them using modern techniques.
 
On the energy side, you will see how we are supporting Saltworks Technologies Inc. to develop its AirBreather evaporator-crystallizer that uses excess heat from natural gas production to efficiently and effectively treat produced water on-site. You will also read about one of our energy research projects that has established a closely spaced network of seismographs in northeast BC. Also check out new water research into potential impacts of fugitive gas emissions on groundwater.
 
We have announced a Chair of our Minerals Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and appointed three new members of our Geothermal TAC.  The Geoscience BC Annual Report 2020-21 highlights innovative and collaborative research projects that are contributing to BC's economic recovery, lower emission future and stronger relationships with Indigenous groups, industry, local governments and academia. And Geoscience BC's scholarship recipients have also been announced, providing a valuable lift to 10 post-graduate geoscience students working on minerals and energy research in British Columbia.
 
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Geoscience BC, I wish you a safe and productive summer 2021!

Gavin C. Dirom
President & CEO

Strategic Objective: Identifying New Natural Resource Opportunities

New Minerals Research to Boost Exploration Appeal for BC's Central Interior 

First results from Geoscience BC's Central Interior Copper-Gold Research program have been published, and the new maps and geochemical reanalysis will help to focus mineral exploration. Geoscience BC researchers provided an update at the Kamloops Exploration Group Technical Talk Lunch Series on April 27th and can be viewed here. An online community meeting was held on July 6th and can be viewed here... more...

Digging Deep: Reanalysis Analysis! 

Geoscience BC’s Christa Pellett looks at minerals research projects that have added new value to old samples by reanalyzing them using modern techniques... more...

Strategic Objective: Advancing Science & Innovative Geoscience Technologies

New Energy Project Set to Revolutionize Water Treatment at Natural Gas Sites

Geoscience BC and NGIF Industry Grants are supporting Saltworks Technologies Inc. to develop its AirBreather evaporator-crystallizer that uses excess heat from natural gas production to efficiently and effectively treat produced water on-site... more...



Strategic Objective: Facilitating Responsible Natural Resource Development

Geoscience BC Energy Research Provides Detailed Open-Access Seismic Data

A Geoscience BC energy research project has established a closely spaced network of seismographs in the Kiskatinaw area of British Columbia's Northeast Region... more...

 

Strategic Objective: Enabling Clean Energy

Digging Deep: Alternative Energy Sources in Northeast BC

Geoscience BC Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas highlights the largerly unknown geothermal potential in northeastern BC's Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin... more...

Strategic Objective: Understanding Water

New Water Research Measures Potential Impacts of Fugitive Gas Emissions on Groundwater

Researchers have gained valuable insights into the movement and measurement of natural gas in the shallow subsurface, as well as assessments of impacts to groundwater... more...

Strategic Objective: Building Future Opportunities

Geoscience BC Welcomes Diana Sollner as Minerals Technical Advisory Committee Chair

Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Sollner as Chair of the Minerals Technical Advisory Committee... more...


Geoscience BC Welcomes New Geothermal Technical Advisory Committee Members
The appointment of three new volunteers to the Geothermal Technical Advisory Committee will help to further widen the expertise of groups that identify, plan, develop and review our research... more...

Strategic Objective: Increasing Awareness & Expanding Collaborative Network of Partners

Out Now: Geoscience BC Annual Report 2020-21

Geoscience BC's Annual Report 2020-21 highlights innovative and collaborative research projects in British Columbia that are contributing to BC's economic recovery, lower emission future and stronger relationships with Indigenous groups, industry, local governments and academia... more...



Digging Deep: Highlighting the Need for Science, Technology, Innovation and 
Collaboration

Stephanie Killam Chair of the Board and Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO discuss science, technology, innovation, collaboration and boosting British Columbia's post-COVID-10 economy in British Columbia... more...


Strategic Objective: Serving Technical & Academic Partners

AME in Partnership with Geoscience BC Present Summary of Activities 2020: Minerals

Geoscience BC and the Association for Mineral Exploration partnered to present six mineral research projects at an online event during BC's Mining Month. The presentations will be available on the Geoscience BC website in August... more...

 

Strategic Objective: Increasing Geoscience Literacy & Capacity

2021 Geoscience BC Scholarship Program Provides Valuable Lift to New Generation of Geoscientists 

Geoscience BC's scholarship recipients have been announced, providing a valuable lift to 10 post-graduate geoscience students working on minerals, energy exploration and development projects in British Columbia... more...

News from our Partners

 

AME’s Strategic Priorities: AME wants to hear from you! As the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) nears the end of its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan cycle, AME’s Board of Directors is launching a strategic review of how the Association can provide the best possible support to the industry and our members both based and active in BC. We want to hear from you to help guide the strategic planning process and objectives for the future. more... 

CSUR has released it 2020 Annual Report. For more updates and events visit the CSUR website. more...


Registration for the 2022 Frank Arnott - Next Generation Explorers Award is now open. Are you a current earth science student looking for career development, international recognition and a chance to win cash prizes?  more...


Expanding Northeast BC's Water Monitoring Network - The BC Oil and Gas Commission’s (Commission) Stewardship Water Team has spent the past three years acquiring funding, building partnerships, and installing hydrometric stations to collect streamflow information to support water management in Northeast B.C. Two projects have been funded to date, which expand B.C.’s water monitoring network. more...

Upcoming Events

 

Garibaldi Geothermal Volcanic Belt Assessment Project community open house  |  Virtual event |  August 4th 

 

GeoConvention |  Virtual event |  September 13th - 15th

UBCM  |  Virtual event |  September 14th - 17th 

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