W. Steven Donaldson

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
13-15-48-26W4 Upper Mannville Oil
Altura has drilled a successful horizontal well in the Upper Mannville, resulting in one of the largest conventional oil discoveries in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) in the...
Significant Well
September 5, 2018
Peace River Arch, AB
Montney and Wabamun may be the main targets at the September 19 and October 3, 2018 land sales over the Peace River Arch.
Digest Spark
September 5, 2018
Peace River Arch, AB
Postings for the September 5 land sale in northwestern Alberta suggest that the Leduc may be a target in the north and that the Montney and Duvernay may be targets in the south.
Digest Spark
August 22, 2018
Valhalla–Kaybob South, AB
Thirteen operators are drilling horizontals targeting light oil and gas from the Dunvegan and the overlying Doe Creek unit in NW Alberta.
Digest Spark
August 8, 2018

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