Frequently Asked Questions
In learning about seismic acquisition, individuals and landowners always have a number of questions. We have attempted to compile the most common questions below. Each of these FAQs is designed to tell you, in easy-to-understand language, what you need to know about seismic testing and permitting.
Why is seismic testing important to oil & 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 this permit 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 & 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 testing 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?
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 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.