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Calgary, Alberta (Jun 16, 2014)…
As part of its continued action to address emissions and odours in the Peace River area, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has strengthened requirements for flaring, venting, and incinerating; these requirements are now in effect.
Operators across the province must comply with the AER’s Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting or face enforcement action that can include shutting down facilities.
“The AER continuously reviews and improves our requirements to ensure the safe, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of Alberta’s energy resources,” said AER president and CEO Jim Ellis. “This directive gives the AER additional regulatory and enforcement tools to address issues in Peace River and across the province.”
The changes to Directive 060 include the following:
With the revised Directive 060 in effect, the AER will continue monitoring and inspecting for compliance.
From June 16 to29, AER inspection teams will be carrying out compliance sweeps in the Peace River region to ensure operators are in compliance with AER requirements. These measures supplement the AER’s regular inspections.
Results of these compliance sweeps will be made available at www.aer.ca on a new webpage that has been created to provide updates on the AER’s progress in responding to the recommendations of the AER proceeding panel into odours and emissions in the Peace River area.
The AER continues to work on long-term strategies to reduce flaring, venting, and incinerating and to increase gas conservation in Alberta. The Alberta Energy Regulator ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.
The Alberta Energy Regulator’s strengthened venting, flaring, and incinerating requirements are now in effect. Operators across the province must now comply with Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting. The directive is available at www.aer.ca.
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For more information, please contact:Carrie Rosa, AER Office of Public Affairs