News Release 2014-08-15

 

News Release 2014-08-15

News Release 2014-08-15 (AERNR2014-19)

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Alberta Energy Regulator requires operators in Peace River area to capture all casing and tank top gas

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Calgary, Alberta (Aug 15, 2014)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has strengthened requirements to capture casing and tank top gas in the Peace River region, as part of its continued action to address emissions and odours.

Effective August 15, 2014, heavy oil and bitumen operations in the Peace River region must comply with amendments to Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating and Venting, which require that casing and tank top gas be captured in existing facilities, unless granted an extension. All new operations in the Peace River region have already been required to comply with this change.

Operators in the Seal Lake and Walrus areas that submitted plans to the AER with a proposed implementation schedule to eliminate venting (based on recommendations found in Report of Recommendations on Odours and Emissions in the Peace River Area) will be required to become compliant with D060 based on the approved implementation schedule.

These amendments are a direct result of the Report of Recommendations on Odours and Emissions in the Peace River Area, released March 31, 2014.

“Operators in the Three Creeks and Reno areas, specifically, must comply with our requirements, or face enforcement action,” says AER president and CEO Jim Ellis. “This amendment ensures that all operators are capturing this solution gas, which was previously vented.”

This amendment to AER requirements is part of an ongoing effort to improve air quality in the Peace River area as it relates to energy resource development.

From August 18 to 31, AER inspection teams will be carrying out compliance sweeps in the Peace River region to ensure that operators are in compliance with AER requirements. These measures supplement the AER’s regular inspections.

This is the second compliance sweeps AER inspectors have conducted; the first took place from June 16-29. Results of the June compliance sweeps are available at www.aer.ca. Once the August sweeps are complete, the results will be made available.

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.


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The Alberta Energy Regulator has new requirements that heavy oil and bitumen operators in the Peace River area must meet. The AER’s amended Directive 060 requires operators to capture all casing and tank top gas.

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For more information, please contact:

Carrie Rosa, AER Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 780-691-8184
E-mail: carrie.rosa@aer.ca
Media line: 1-855-474-6356

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