Landowner Information

What is a Seismic Test?

It is a way to obtain an image of rock formations below the Earth’s surface. Seismic uses reflective technology similar to that of sonar used in mapping the ocean floor but in this case it maps the various rock formations below the Earth’s surface.

Why is seismic testing important to oil and gas production?

Seismic data allows scientist to identify the rock formations that have the characteristics required to hold oil & gas. By using this technology scientist are able to increase the likelihood of drilling a successful oil & gas well and able to reduce the industry footprint.

Is the permit I’m being asked to sign a contract or a lease?

A seismic permit is not a binding contract or an oil & gas lease. It is simply written permission to conduct seismic testing on, across and below your property.

Will the seismic permit allow a company to drill an oil and gas well on my property?

No, a seismic permit is simply temporary written permission from the landowner allowing seismic testing across your property and should not be confused with an oil & gas lease or seismic option agreement.

How will seismic teting benefit me as a mineral owner?

Seismic testing can help to discover and develop those resources that otherwise could not be accessed. This could result in monetary compensation in the form of royalty payments to the mineral owner.

What activities will take place on my property if I sign the permit?

Not every property is affected in the same way. It depends on the test design and other variables but the activities may include:

  • Surveying and mapping proposed seismic lines, energy points and access routes
  • Clearing vegetation for safe access along seismic lines and/or to and from energy points
  • Placing surface markers along seismic lines, at energy points and along access routes
  • Placement of energy source points
  • Laying out temporary cables and introducing recordable sound waves
  • Recording sound wave vibrations as they reflect back to the surface

How will this seismic testing affect my farming operations?

Conducting seismic and farming operations simultaneously can be challenging but we have found that good communication and planning will minimize any inconvenience. Usually the seismic crew will have one or more liaisons working with the landowners and crews to make concessions for one another’s operations.

Contact us today to discuss your permitting needs