The study examines the hydrocarbon exploration and development potential of the Mississippian Elkton Member and the Shunda and Pekisko Formations across the Minnehik - Buck Lake Field and a large portion of the Pembina Field on the eastern edge and the Stolberg and Brazeau fields at the western edge. The study area can be divided into three groups of hydraulic systems, which are recognized on the basis of both geology and hydrogeology. Although the main accumulations of gas in the Brazeau and South Brazeau gas pools are currently being exploited, there are numerous other development and exploratory prospects associated with the subcrop edges of the Elkton and Shunda in other hydraulic systems. There is also play potential downdip from the subcrop edge in areas of variable reservoir facies. Hydrocarbon trap types were determined for the area and new exploration fairways were identified.