We are information curators and we preserve data for future generations. We collect, manage, and distribute geoscientific information generated from oil and gas activities in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area.
Our digital Data Management Centre offers public access to digital copies of our offshore petroleum data online free of charge. Our digital Data Management Centre was the first of its kind in North America and we want to share access to it with the public. Learn more about our Data Management Centre here.
Some fossils found in our core date back 125 million years.
As of December 2019, 210 wells have been drilled in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area.
We have more than 166,000 vials of washed drill cuttings and 140,000 bags of unwashed drill cuttings in our warehouse.
The Geoscience Research Centre contains over six kilometres of core.
Interested in visiting our Geoscience Research Centre?
Our facility is open to the public, by appointment, Monday to Friday from 8:00 am. - 4:00 pm. For additional information, please contact 902-468-3994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storing and curating well data, geological and geophysical information from offshore activities is one of our legislative responsibilities. Operators authorized to conduct activities in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area must follow specific reporting requirements to provide us with information, such as geological and geophysical data, reports and samples. Information received as a result of these activities is stored at our Geoscience Research Center located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Storing this information is important. It helps us preserve information about the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area and assist the public, academia, industry, and other government departments and agencies to better understand our offshore geology and oil and gas resources.
Learn more about how we preserve our reports and samples, and how you can view this information below.
Data and Core Storage Warehouse
We have available to the public over 530 geological and geophysical reports, and samples of the earth’s core, from 210 offshore oil and gas wells.
We house all geological and geophysical reports, well site survey reports and subsurface samples, including microfiche records of geological and well history information in our Geoscience Research Centre.
We store well site samples and geological samples in the form of washed cuttings, unwashed cuttings, sidewall core, and conventional core. We also have fluid samples that are stored in a flammable goods freezer so that they are properly preserved.
When reports and samples are submitted, they are classified and catalogued so that they are easily retrievable.
Our Geoscience Research Centre has public viewing rooms and a laboratory that individuals can use to aid in their study and to process samples.
Public Viewing Rooms
We have four viewing rooms that are available for those who want to look at samples. These viewing rooms have layout tables for studying cores and samples, microfiche viewing equipment, and are equipped with computer workstations for online access. We also have a collection of micropaleontology and palynology slides which are available for examination.
A binocular microscope and other sample examination aids are available if requested.
Our laboratory can be used to prepare and study samples. We also have a rock saw that can be used to sample conventional core that was acquired during offshore drilling. Individuals who wish to use this space have access to onsite staff expertise and laboratory equipment.
If you are interested in sampling our materials, we ask you to send us a request to outline why you wish to sample the material and the type of study you will be conducting. If we provide permission to sample the material, the size of the sample that can be provided will be determined based on the amount we have available and the nature of your study. All unused samples must be returned to us along with a copy of the results of your study.
Did you know we also curate offshore geoscientific information from outside of our jurisdiction? We house information on the Hudson Bay, Gulf of St. Lawrence, and Prince Edward Island on behalf of the Canada Energy Regulator.