RED DEER, Alberta – Central Alberta was thrust into chaos this morning when a deep test well may have instigated the first active volcano in Alberta’s history. Deep Thrust Energy, a conglomerate of consolidated junior oil companies looking for an elusive sub-crustal petroleum reservoir, hit a large pocket of magma at 8,543m.
We don’t really know what it is. It isn’t conventional magma, but it might be a chemical version of it. It’s pretty hot, white in colour, and has a viscosity of about 5 API. We really aren’t sure what it is, but it is flowing out of the well bore at quite a rate. Flow and subsurface pressure is increasing with time, and we are monitoring surface elevations. It is acting a lot like a pre-eruption volcano. – Tim Herque, Exploraration Manager with Deep Thrust
The project originated as a pure geological research venture to find out what exactly lies beneath our feet. As the project gained interest, it became clear that the only ones really vested on the science of the project were geologists – not investors.
With a cost of nearly $25 Billion up front barring any incidents, it took years to get the required funding from RBC and TD Bank. When the well spudded earlier this year, excitement was rampant in the geological and drilling communities. Being the first well of its kind, no one knew if this project was actually feasible either.
We built a special drilling rig just for this project. Our 1st Quad Rolii-Jack is capable of pulling 18km of drill pipe out of the hole, and moves around on the same tires as large dump trucks in Ft. McMurray. This thing is massive. With a crew of 19 and a hole size of 454mm, we had what we thought was the best gear for the contract. Given that the rig would be drilling for 7 years, it was worth the build costs. – Tommy D’Phukinlyer, Precision Drilling
The project is now garnering international attention as a pocket of superheated geological fluid was breached and is now rising to surface near the Didsbury, Alberta drilling location. While project geologists are baffled, volcanologists are lining up for what they say could be the show of a century,
We think a pressure sensitive crystalline amalgam that can be radiometrically dated back to pre-Eonothermian times has been breached. The region has swelled almost 16 inches at ground elevation in the last 3 days and it is getting bigger. Imagine an infected ingrown hair on your face. The hair goes deeper, the puss pocket gets bigger until BOOM! You get gorp and puss all over the place. Now image Didsbury popping under the immense pressure of this ruptured shmagma bubble. Gonna be one hell of a show! – Tyronious Macadamia Jones, Volcanological Committee of Deer Feather Indiana
At the time this article was written, 2P News received an update from the project’s Project Manager that all of the snow within a 2km radius of the drill site has not only melted, but the water that it became has evaporated. Surface elevations are now 48 inches higher than before drilling operations started and the ground is covered by a web of fractures measuring up to 2″ wide.
2P News has at team of 4 reporters on site for real-time coverage of this drilling operation and we will keep you up to date with the events as they become available.