About Unconventional Resources

What are unconventional resources

Unconventional resources are oil and gas trapped in rock with limited or no flow pathways. Special methods are required to develop unconventional resources. Read more

Why develop

Interest in developing unconventional gas and oil has increased in recent years as conventional reservoirs have become increasingly difficult to find and economically produce. Read more

Where are they found

Alberta has enormous unconventional resource potential and significant proven reserves that are establishing a good base for future development. Read more


Recent advances in Technology have made it possible for industry to develop unconventional resources safely and economically. Read more

Coalbed Methane

This section outlines how coalbed methane (CBM) is formed and extracted. It also highlights the potential for CBM development in Alberta. Read more

Shale Gas

Shale gas is considered an unconventional source. This information explains what shale gas is, prospective sources in Alberta and how shale gas may be drilled, produced and regulated. Read more