Core Research 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 Core Research Facility, defined by the DPR as the facility for the storage and examination of well samples and cores.

The Core Research Facility 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.

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

  • Oil and gas exploration companies.
  • Academic institutions.
  • General public.
  • Other natural-resource-oriented groups.

Public access to the rock sample archived within the Core Research 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 Facility Supervisor

Mailing Address
Core Research Facility
BAG 2 
Fort St. John, BC
V1J 2B0

Research/Courier Location
6534 Airport Road
Fort St. John, BC
V1J 4M6


The core facility is currently located at the Commission's Fort St John office:
6534 Airport Road
Fort St. John, BC
V1J 4M6
Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Please note: Closed 12:00-1:00 p.m.


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.
  • Examination tables with 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.

To directly request Core Facility services, contact the facility by phone or email. 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 Facility in northeast 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 the facility or they can be temporarily removed to third party locations. To request removing core for examination, use the Application for a Core Removal

  1. Clients will need two weeks minimum notice when reservation for tables or Core removal services.
  2. Provided efficient notice (5 business days) when cancelling core examinations or core removals.

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

Application for a Core Removal form needs to be used when new core and drill cuttings are submitted from the well site to the Geological Facility storage location.

For further information on the core facility and the reservation of facilities, contact the Core Facility Supervisor

Core Research Facility Documentation



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