Charlie Lake Core Storage Facility

Rock Sample Data and Research

The Oil and Gas Activities Act via Section 29 of the Drilling and Production Regulation (B.C. Reg. 249/2011) (DPR) specifies requirements for petroleum exploration companies to submit drill cuttings and core from wells drilled in the province to the BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission). Core and cuttings at the facility are managed in accordance with Part 6 of the DPR which allows for core examination and temporary removals for testing. Drill cuttings and core samples are directed to the Charlie Lake Core Storage Facility, defined by the DPR as the facility for the storage and examination of well samples and cores.

The Charlie Lake Core Storage Facility (also known as the Dave Johnson Building), archives and provides public access to inspect and examine petroleum well cores and drill cutting samples. The key services provided are core/drill cuttings examination and core removal (retrieving the core from the warehouse for shipping) to private laboratories.

As of April 1, 2012 the Commission assumed responsibility from Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas for staffing the Charlie Lake Core Storage Facility.

Many groups benefit from access to cores and drill cuttings, including

  • Oil and gas exploration companies.
  • Academic institutions.
  • The general public.
  • Other natural-resource-oriented groups (such as hard rock mining and environmentalists).

Public access to the rock sample archived within the Core Storage Facility is an important component in the Province's continued commitment to natural resource science and helps to foster continued responsible oil and gas industry development.

Contact Information:
Core Storage Facility Supervisor

Phone: (250) 262-3309
Fax: (250) 262-3316

Mailing Address
Core Storage Facility
PO Box 281
Charlie Lake BC

Visiting the Core Facility

The core storage facility is located in Charlie Lake B.C., approximately six kilometers northwest of the city of Fort St. John.

Mile 52 1/2, Alaska Highway,
Charlie Lake, British Columbia
V0C 1H0

Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Please note: Closed 12:00-1:00 pm.

Viewing Core and Reserving Tables

Facilities include:

  • Four functional areas: a business reception area, a core and drill cuttings processing area, a core and drill cuttings examination area with examination tables and booths, and the warehouse storage area.
  • Ten core examination tables with fully height-adjustable roller tables and a sliding table tray for microscope, examination tools, and note taking.
  • An area with two examination tables which can be reserved by company staff to view and examine confidential core.

Online table and core reservations can be made through the BC Core Storage Facility Web Application.

To directly request Core Facility services, contact the facility by phone or fax. You will need to provide the well authorization number or surface location and the well depths.

Facility tours can be arranged to accommodate geologists, corporations, the general public, and educational groups from elementary to university levels. Tour requests are by reservation only and must be pre-approved by the onsite Core Storage Facility Supervisor (there are no unscheduled drop-ins).

Drill cuttings may be viewed at the Core Storage Facility in Charlie Lake, B.C. or the Geological Survey of Canada core and sample repository in Calgary, AB. For convenience to industry clients the Geological Survey of Canada maintains a second set of drill cutting for most wells drilled in British Columbia.

Cores can be viewed at Charlie Lake or they can be temporarily removed to third party locations. To request removing core for examination, use the Application for a Core Removal

Please note: Drill cuttings can only be examined in house; they cannot be removed from the facility.

Shipping Core and Drill Cuttings to the Facility

These forms need to be used when new core and drill cuttings are submitted from the well site to the Geological Facility storage location.

Notice of Shipment of Core Samples
Notice of Shipment of Drill Cutting Samples
Core Testing Standard
Charlie Lake Sampling Application Form
Application for a Core Removal

For further information on core warehouse operations and the reservation of facilities, contact the Storage Facility Supervisor