Geoforensic Investigations

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If you want to protect your liability to ensure no gas migration is occurring near an operational well, an abandoned well or a well that is scheduled for abandonment – geoforensics could be your solution.

Want to characterize gases or liquids in targeted geological formations – use geoforensics.

Chemistry Matters provides the services for the collection, analysis, and characterization of gases and liquids from the subsurface for solving issues of gas migration, soil gas migration, liquid vent flows and for characterizing oil and gas bearing zones.

Chemistry Matters can also provide expert services and litigation support for projects concerning litigious matters such as gas migration and fracking.

Geoforensics Projects

Chemistry Matters has been involved projects which include:

  • General gas composition interpretation
  • Stable isotope interpretation (carbon dioxide, methane, ethane, propane, etc)
  • Radiolabelled isotope interpretation (methane)
  • Noble gas interpretation
  • Routine anion/cation analysis
  • Extended metals analysis (dissolved/total)
  • Stable isotopes on water
  • Specialty isotopes on dissolved analyses
  • Mud gas logging
  • Soil gas monitoring
  • Surface casing vent sampling
  • Production fluid sampling
  • Proprietary sampling technique for SCV flows
  • Geoforensic analysis and interpretation

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What is geoforensics?

Geoforensics is the application of scientific methods used to identify source(s) of chemical constituents (natural or man made) in gases, groundwater, soil, and/or rock  from the subsurface of the Earth.

What issues call for a geoforensic investigation?

Geoforensics investigations can help solve issues related to gas migration, soil gas migration, and liquid vent flows, and it characterizes oil and gas bearing zones.

Are all your projects for legal matters?

Not all projects.

We work on non-legal matters, but usually the projects are complicated, high visibility, have a large potential liability or could eventually become litigious.

Doesn’t the word "forensics" always mean a legal matter?

Although the term of “forensics” is associated with law and litigation, the meaning of forensics makes people think of an in-depth examination that proves cause or provides evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.

In fact, forensics is derived from the latin word “forens”, meaning of, belonging to the forum, public.  This relates to how trials were completed where the plaintiff and the defendant would present their case to a public forum to determine the outcome of their dispute.  The concept of public acceptance or forum links this word to provide evidence enough for the public to accept or determine who is responsible.

Therefore, I would argue that the word “forensics” can be used to describe non-legal issues.  I think forensics has a meaning to provide evidence enough for the public to understand  the issues and determine the verdict.  So, forensics is not so much about legal but may be more about the communication of information so that all can understand the concepts in order to make an informed decision.

So, here’s how I define forensics:

Forensics – the application of scientific knowledge and analysis to potential litigious issues OR for public discussion or debate.

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