W. Steven Donaldson

A Review of Recent AB and SK Deep Drilling Activity
A summary of recent vertical and horizontal wells targeting the Lower Paleozoic and Precambrian throughout southern–central Alberta and southern–central Saskatchewan.
Exploration Review
April 17, 2019
Twining, AB
The lateral transition from interbedded Duvernay carbonates and source rocks to the adjacent porous dolomitized Leduc reef provides another charging mechanism for the Leduc reservoir.
Digest Spark
March 27, 2019
Panny–Trout, AB
Four private operators are drilling (or have licenced) vertical and horizontal wells targeting Keg River light oil in north-central Alberta.
Digest Spark
March 6, 2019
Pembina/Carrot Creek, AB
The Nisku appears to be the most probable target at the upcoming March 20, 2019 AB land sale.
Digest Spark
February 27, 2019
Mannville Discoveries Abound and Bitumen Gains Ground
The Mannville continued to reward operators in 2018; not only those working in the drilling-intensive oil sands, but also those willing to identify and develop bypassed pay in overlooked,...
Feature Article
February 6, 2019
Dodsland Drilling Dominates Viking Development
The Viking Formation continued to reward cost-efficient operators employing the latest horizontal drilling and completions technology.
Feature Article
January 30, 2019
The Spirit Was Willing, but the Prices Were Weak
The Spirit River of the Deep Basin continued to perform well in 2018, producing both gas and condensate and continuing its reign as one of the most productive intervals in Western Canada on...
Feature Article
January 16, 2019
The Rising Helium Potential of Western Canada
Helium is a non-renewable resource of important strategic value. Global reserves are declining, even as demand is rising—a production gap that western Canada with its significant upside...
Feature Article
December 12, 2018
Chip Lake/Carrot Creek/Bigoray, AB
The Duvernay may once again be the main target at the upcoming November 28, 2018 land sale.
Digest Spark
November 7, 2018
Petro-Lithium in Alberta
The recovery of lithium from oilfield brines in Alberta is expected to help meet increasing demand for this metal, which is an important component of the rapidly growing rechargeable...
Feature Article
November 14, 2018