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Interactive map of New Brunswick's shale gas industry

New Brunswick has been involved in the oil and gas industry since the first well was drilled in 1859 near Dover. The industry has slowly grown over the years. There have been 322 oil and natural gas wells drilled in the province. There have been 40 oil and 40 natural gas wells drilled in the province since 1990. There are nine companies that now hold a licence or lease to search Crown land for shale gas deposits. This includes 71 rights agreements covering 1.4 million hectares of Crown land. This interactive map shows what companies hold licences or leases in the province. It also shows where all of the active wells are located and where the nearest pipelines are located. Click on the well or specific lease for more information.

Posted: Nov 28, 2011

Data current as of Nov 28 2011 (Source : Province of New Brunswick. Research: Daniel McHardie. Developer: Jeremy Hanna)

Oil and Gas fields

Corridor Resources's McCully Field and Contact Exploration's Stoney Creek Oilfield are operating active fields. The McCully Field has 30 natural gas wells that are producing 15 million cubic feet a day. The Department of Natural Resources estimates that there could be 67 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in the area. There are also 121 billion cubic feet of conventional gas reserves. The Stoney Creek Oilfield was first discovered in 1909 but Contact Exploration has operated the oilfield since 2005. The 16 oil wells in the area are producing roughly 100 barrels a day. Provincial estimates suggest there could be 11 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in the area.


There have been 322 oil and natural gas wells drilled in New Brunswick. The first was drilled near Dover in 1859 and since 1990, there have been 40 oil and 40 natural gas wells drilled in the province.

Licenses and Leases

The New Brunswick government has the authority under the Oil and Natural Gas Act to give a company a licence to search for oil or natural gas. This arrangement is intended to give companies the ability to search for natural gas through minimally intrusive methods. The company can request permission to convert the licence to search to a lease through an application to the Department of Natural Resources. There are currently nine companies that hold a Crown licence to search for shale gas in New Brunswick. The New Brunswick government states these nine companies hold 71 rights agreements spanning more than 1.4 million hectares.


The Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline came into operation in 2000 and it was originally intended to carry natural gas from Sable Island into the United States. The 1,400-kilometre pipeline starts in Goldboro, N.S. and ends in Dracut, Mass., where it connects with the existing U.S. pipeline grid. There are several lateral pipelines in New Brunswick that allow natural gas from other projects connect into the MN&P. The M&NP pipeline has a capacity to carry 440 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.
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