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Calgary, Alberta (Feb 19, 2015)…
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced new seismic monitoring and reporting requirements for hydraulic fracturing operators in the Fox Creek area to ensure safe, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of energy resources.
The subsurface order outlines how operators in the Duvernay Zone must monitor and report seismic activity and follow a “traffic light” process. This process defines the stages at which operators need to take action when seismic activity is observed, including reporting activities to the AER, implementing response plans, and, at certain levels, ceasing operations. The order comes after several seismic events—possibly related to hydraulic fracturing—were recorded in the Fox Creek area. These events did not impact public safety, infrastructure, or the environment.
“While these seismic events have not impacted public safety, it is our job to take this precautionary step to ensure energy resources in this area are developed in a safe and responsible manner,” said AER president and CEO Jim Ellis.
On February 3, 2015, shortly after reports of seismic activity, the AER released Bulletin 2015-03: Observed Seismicity and Oil and Gas Operations; Operators’ Responsibilities. That bulletin reminded licensees of their responsibility to ensure well control and subsurface integrity at all stages of drilling, completion, and injection operations.
The AER 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.
Calgary, Alberta (February 19, 2015)…
The AER announced new seismic monitoring and reporting requirements for hydraulic fracturing operators in the Fox Creek area to ensure safe, responsible, and environmentally responsible development of energy resources.
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For more information, please contact:Peter Murchland, AER Office of Public Affairs