Questerre Ups Proved Reserves to 5.8 Tcfe in Quebec Utica

Little known fact: There is a Utica Shale layer in Canada–along the St. Lawrence River Valley–in the Province of Quebec. On and off over the years we’ve mentioned it, largely in connection with an ongoing moratorium on shale drilling in Quebec (see our stories here). Quebec’s moratorium is similar to the moratorium on shale drilling in New York State–that is, a total block, but not a permanent block. After debating an environmental bill in December, the Quebec National Assembly voted to pass Bill 106, ostensibly to support Quebec’s “clean power plan.” The bill includes a section that “lays out a framework for oil and gas development” in Quebec. Fracking will not begin immediately. The bill does, however, mean that new regulations will come along early this year and after that, it’s an almost certainty that fracking will begin, in 2017, in the Canadian Utica. The main beneficiary if Questerre Energy Corporation, which owns ~350,000 acres in the Quebec Utica. Of that, Questerre is considering (for now) drilling on 36,000 acres. Given that drilling is likely to begin soon, Questerre recently commissioned an update of their proven reserves in the Quebec Utica. The last time they did so was in 2010. What did the new study find? Questerre is sitting on 5.8 trillion cubic feet equivalent (Tcfe) of oil and gas, representing some 965 million barrels of oil, a 30% increase over the numbers from 2010…

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