Shell Canada Ltd to deploy seismic survey ships to survey deepwater sites off Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore.

Starting next week, Shell will begin exploring about 12,200 square kilometres of an area known as the Shelburne Basin. The 3-D seismic survey program is to continue until early September, reporters assembled near the ships were told Saturday. It’s the largest seismic program in the province’s history. If the exploration activity bears fruit, initial drilling is expected to begin in 2015.The provincial government’s analysis of potential energy reserves indicates some 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and eight billion barrels of oil could be extracted. continued