Dr. Andrew MacRae of Saint Mary's University was brought onto the Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) by OERA, and by studying microfossils (tiny fossilized particles like pollen and spores) was able to help locate valuable reserves of oil and gas located off the shores of Nova Scotia. This has given Nova Scotia a competitive advantage in the highly lucrative offshore exploration industry. As a result of the PFA, Shell began drilling two deep-water wells in the Shelburne Basin in 2015 as part of a $1 billion commitment. Similarly, BP has launched an exploration program in the Scotian Basin worth just over $1 billion. “It’s a worldwide game they’re playing and you have to show that your particular area is well understood, and there’s this untested potential there,” he explains.