Our Services

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    Detect and mitigate failures in a matter of minutes, improve water management, and increase productivity.

    HCL's Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU) is a cost-efective way to remotely monitor and collect
    groundwater and surface water data.

    Customized notifications (sms/email) provide early detection of sensor malfunctions, water supply issues, and regulatory exceedances, allowing HCL’s clients to remain in compliance with governmental regulations.

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  • Corporate Water ManagementView More

  • Agricultural ServicesView More

  • Enhanced-Oil RecoveryView More

    Enhanced oil recovery (abbreviated EOR) is the implementation of various techniques for increasing the amount of crude oil that can be extracted from an oil field. Enhanced oil recovery is also called improved oil recovery or tertiary recovery (as opposed to primary and secondary recovery).

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  • Coalbed Methane (CBM)View More

    CBM projects will require the dewatering of coal seams to assist with methane production. If the groundwater is saline (> 4,000 ppm total dissolved solids (TDS)

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  • Oilfield ServicesView More

    The petroleum industry interacts with the groundwater resource on many fronts.

    For the seismic end of the oil field operations, HCL provides direction to ensure that seismic shot holes are not drilled in areas where flowing conditions may occur. When problems are created by uncontrolled flowing shot holes, HCL can provide services to mitigate the problems.

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  • Complaint InvestigationView More

    Occasionally, a water well will fail in what appears to be a response to nearby industrial activity. These industrial activities may include the drilling of a hydrocarbon well, oilfield seismic, or groundwater diversion from nearby water wells. HCL will gather background data on the affected water well and the coinciding industrial activity to determine the cause of the water well failure.

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  • Confined Feeding Operations (CFO)View More

    A groundwater or surface water supply to be used for a Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) must be licensed under the Water Act, which is administered by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).

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  • Deemed LicensesView More

    All groundwater diversions authorized through Alberta Environment and Protected Areas (AEPA) for oilfield injection with Deemed Licences will expire on 31 Dec 2004. As such, those who wish to maintain a license to divert and use groundwater must make application under the Water Act. The application must be supported with a technical report that includes but is not limited to the following:

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  • Domestic Water Well Testing (BAAT)View More

    Coalbed Methane (CBM), also known as Natural Gas in Coal, is in the early stages of development in Alberta and has significant growth potential. With this potential for development, it is necessary to obtain consistent baseline data on groundwater to ensure the protection of groundwater resources and the environment. While many oil and gas companies have adopted the practice of gathering baseline water quantity and quality data from nearby water wells prior to drilling energy wells, this testing has been voluntary. Broader application of groundwater testing will also support Alberta Environment and Protected Areas (AEPA) goal of mapping all groundwater resources in Alberta. To ensure all CBM developers collect representative baseline data prior to CBM development, AEP has introduced the Standard for Baseline Water-well Testing for Coalbed Methane/Natural Gas in Coal Operations to make baseline testing a mandatory regulatory requirement. Data collected will be submitted to AEPA and will be made publicly available.

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  • Expert WitnessView More

    Experts found here may consult on issues involving drainage, floods, groundwater, and groundwater contamination. HCL experts may provide reports concerning hydrogeology, hydrologic engineering, storm drains, storm water, and storm water management. They may also opine on water resources, water resources exploration, water rights, groundwater hydrology, watershed hydrology, wetland hydrology, and groundwater remediation, among other topics.

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  • Field-Verified SurveyView More

    The purpose of the field-verified survey is to identity groundwater users in the area; collect background groundwater information from the landowner(s); and to inform landowner(s) of the applicant's application to divert groundwater in the area.

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  • Groundwater Exploration & LicensingView More

    "Exploration" activities in which HCL has been involved include development of groundwater supplies from the shallow subsurface down to a depth of over 300 metres.

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  • Groundwater MonitoringView More

    Groundwater is a vital resource in Alberta, supplying various domestic, municipal, agricultural and industrial water needs. More than 600,000 rural Albertans depend on groundwater for drinking water purposes.

    Groundwater also helps to maintain lake levels and river flows. To manage groundwater effectively, we must understand its occurrence, movement and quality. Improving our knowledge of groundwater resources is a key priority for the Government of Alberta. As we acquire a better understanding of groundwater we can implement policies and actions to manage this resource in a sustainable manner.


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  • Lineament AnalysisView More

    A lineament is a linear feature in a landscape which is an expression of an underlying geological structure such as a fault. Typically a lineament will comprise a fault-aligned valley, a series of fault or fold-aligned hills, a straight coastline or indeed a combination of these features. Fracture zones, shear zones and igneous intrusions such as dykes can also give rise to lineaments.

    Lineaments are often apparent in geological or topographic maps and can appear obvious on aerial or satellite photographs

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  • Municipal ServicesView More

    A groundwater supply to be used for municipal purposes must be licensed under the Water Act, which is administered by Alberta Environment an Protected Areas (AEPA). HCL can assist in locating, developing and managing a groundwater supply for municipal supplies, including rural residential subdivisions, and ensure that the work required for groundwater licensing under the Water Act will be completed as outlined in AEPA’s Guide to Groundwater Authorization (2011).

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  • Regional Groundwater AssessmentsView More

    The Regional Groundwater Assessment provides the information to assist in the management of the groundwater resource within the County or MD. Groundwater resource management involves determining the suitability of various areas in the County or MD for particular activities.

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  • Statements of ConcernsView More

    As part of the groundwater licensing procedure, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas (AEPA) requires that a public notice be published in a locally distributed newspaper for any licence application. The public notice allows residents to submit a Statement of Concern (SC) to AENV if they believe their groundwater supply may be affected by the proposed diversion. AEP may then require a response to be prepared for any resident who may be directly affected.

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  • Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)View More

    Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD; "Sag-D") is an enhanced oil recovery technology for producing heavy crude oil and bitumen. It is an advanced form of steam stimulation in which a pair of horizontal wells is drilled into the oil reservoir, one a few metres above the other.

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  • SubdivisionsView More

    A subdivision of land that utilizes individual water wells resulting in six or more parcels per quarter-section requires a groundwater evaluation to be completed.

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  • Water Well DesignView More

    A properly located well is accessible for cleaning, testing, monitoring, maintenance and repair. The ground surrounding your well should be sloped away to prevent surface water from ponding around the casing. The well should be upslope and as far as possible from potential contamination sources. Also, it should not be located in a pit or housed in any building other than a pumphouse.

    In Alberta, minimum distances are required between water wells and sources of contamination such as septic systems, manure piles and chemical or fuel storage. . 

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  • Water Well ProblemsView More

    Water well problems result from many causes including equipment failure, depletion of the aquifer, corrosive qualities of the water and improper well design and construction. Correctly identifying the cause enables you to select appropriate treatment or maintenance to fix the problem rather than abandon the well. This troubleshooting module is designed to help you recognize the symptoms of the problem, identify the cause and select the appropriate course of action. Technical assistance from licensed water well contractors or groundwater consultants may be valuable.

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