Our initiatives

Protecting the environment is a priority for Pétrolia that reaches far beyond complying with government standards. Our concern for the environments takes a number of forms, such as harnessing the power of industry-leading technologies, developing innovative practices, and keeping abreast of the latest scientific developments from around the world to ensure our projects meet the very highest environmental standards.

Pétrolia has also initiated a unique study on the Haldimand Peninsula near Gaspé, led by Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). This project is typical of Pétrolia’s approach: proactively taking action on the environment, even when the local authorities or the laws in place do not require it. We believe such precautions to be necessary in areas, like Haldimand, where residents live not far from oil development projects.

On Anticosti Pétrolia is working to make sure our operations integrate harmoniously into the island environment. As part of our efforts, we are supporting the work of the Anticosti Research Chair at Université Laval (www.chaireanticosti.ulaval.ca) to monitor the effects of oil exploration on the island’s white-tailed deer population.

Haldimand Hydrogeology
This research project, a Pétrolia initiative led by professor René Lefebvre of INRS in collaboration with TechnoRem, is a first in eastern Québec. Its objectives are as follows:

  • Characterize the current state of the aquifer (with samples from both new observation wells and residents’ wells)
  • Define the hydrogeological conditions and water levels through hydrostatic testing
  • Develop a monitoring network with the observation wells
  • Integrate the results to assess the environmental risk

This is a four-phase project spread over three to five years.

  • Phase 1: Characterization infrastructure
    • Boring observation wells (aquifer properties, groundwater sampling)
    • Sampling from residents’ wells
  • Phase 2: Detailed characterization
    • Geology, structure, and logs
    • Geological modeling from the reservoir to the aquifer
    • Geochemistry and dating of groundwater
    • Numerical modeling of runoff
  • Phase 3: Monitoring of exploration activities
  • Phase 4: Integration of research results

To keep the public informed, study results will be made public on an ongoing basis as each phase is completed. The study is also an opportunity for researchers to train students in related disciplines such as geothermy.