Terrain Hazards

The Northeast British Columbia Terrain Hazards Program studied and evaluated terrain hazards in the northeast part of the province, focusing particularly on landslides. The purpose of this program was to reduce the negative impact that these hazards have on the oil and gas industry.

Learning About Landslides in British Columbia

Most landslides in the northeast occur in silt- and clay-rich Quaternary sediments or in mechanically weak Cretaceous shales. Understanding the underlying geology and different triggers helps predict where landslides are likely to occur.
The former Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) contracted BGC Engineering Incorporated to complete a report assessing terrain hazards in northeast British Columbia. This report, includes the following information:

  • a review of the current state of knowledge of terrain hazards in the region;
  • existing terrain hazard maps;
  • an inventory of known landslide occurrences;
  • discussions with researchers and industry stakeholders; and
  • recommendations on future directions for terrain hazard assessment.

Stage 1: Review of Terrain Hazard Assessments and Mapping in Northeast British Columbia ( PDF 6MB)

Terrain Stability and Landslide Mapping for Northeast British Columbia (PDF 15MB)

A bibliography of resources on terrain stability, terrain hazards, and surficial mapping in northeastern British Columbia (PDF)