It has been known for decades that the distribution of oil, gas, and coal deposits in the Alberta and Williston basins is, in a regional and/or local sense, linear (Figure 1). Highangle faults from the crystalline basement, not always detectable with seismic data, are commonly recognized to be a reason for this linearity. But because the ways in which basement faults control the structure and lithofacies in the platformal sedimentary cover are often unclear, the obvious predictive power of this relationship has been underutilized.

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This article summarizes a methodology that uses comprehensive geologic and geophysical analysis to clarify...

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