Educational Resources

For those requiring a better understanding of AER requirements, this page contains the necessary information—presentations, brochures, and FAQs—to facilitate compliance. The materials are operational in nature and are intended to be timely, supplementary materials for facility operators and other industry members engaged in oil and gas activity in Alberta.


DESCRIPTION INFORMATION RESOURCES APPLICABLE DIRECTIVES & REGULATIONS
Top Five Most Common NonCompliances in Ten Inspection Categories
This summary has been developed in response to industry’s request for timely and relevant information on compliance. It can be used by industry members to gain a better understanding of Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) requirements.

January - December 2016
(Feb 2017)

January - September 2016
(November 2016)

January - June 2016
(July 2016)

January - December 2015
(February 2016)

January - December 2014
(February 2015)

Digital Data Submission (DDS) System
The DDS system is used by industry to submit information to the AER via the Internet.

The presentation and FAQ outline how to navigate this system, enter notifications, and search for ERCB inspections and incidents.

Digital Data Submission

DDS Presentation
(July 2012)

DDS FAQs
(July 2011)

Digital Data Submission User Guide

FIS Web User Guide

DDS Notification Quick Reference Information
(October 2013)

General Bulletin GB 2002-11: New Electronic Web Submission Requirements for Field Surveillance Notifications (Contact the AER Library for a copy of this document.)

Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management
Directive 050 was updated on May 2, 2012. The 2012 edition of Directive 050 features many significant changes.

The directive is a comprehensive set of requirements for the appropriate management of drilling wastes.

Directive 050 FAQs
(May 2012)

Drilling Waste Notification Requirements
(October 2013)

Directive 050

Bulletin 2012-08

Directive 055: Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry
The presentation and FAQ outline the ERCB rules and requirements regarding the storage of materials produced, generated, or used on upstream petroleum sites.

These documents contain information on aboveground tanks, underground tanks, containers, temporary storage, double-walled tanks, bulk pad and lined earthen excavation storage, compacted clay liners, and surface water discharge.

Directive 055: Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry

Directive 055 FAQs
(July 2011)

Directive 055 Presentation
(July 2012)

Report 2009-A: Updates to Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry – Discussion Document on Directive 055

Directive 055: Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry
Emergency Response Overview
This presentation outlines the AER emergency response expectations. Emergency Preparedness & Response Expectations
(September 2016)
Directive 071 Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements
Farming/Industry Safety Issues
AER articles that cover working around oil and gas facilities. Farming Safety
(July 2013)
Directive 019: Compliance Assurance

Directive 066: Requirements and Procedures for Pipelines [rescinded by Manual 005: Pipeline Inspections]

Directive 077: Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools

Ground Disturbance Requirements
The AER Ground Disturbance Guideline presentation includes the minimum requirements that must be met to conduct ground disturbance activities. Ground Disturbance Presentation
(April 2014)

Safe excavation near pipelines brochure
(August 2013)
Directive 066: Requirements and Procedures for Pipelines [rescinded by Manual 005: Pipeline Inspections]

Directive 077: Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools

Pipeline Rules

Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections
Manual 001 is a reference document for AER staff to ensure consistency in pursuing regulatory compliance. It became effective January 1, 2011.

Manual 001 cites existing AER requirements that inspectors regularly assess for licensee compliance and lists applicable noncompliance events and their associated risk ratings.
Manual 001

Manual 001 Field Operations Branch Presentation
(June 2014)

Directive 017: Measurement Requirements

Directive 038: Noise Control

Directive 039: Revised Program to Reduce Benzene Emissions from Glycol Dehydrators

Directive 055: Storage Requirements

Directive 058: Oilfield Waste Management Requirements

Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting

Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements

Oil and Gas Conservation Rules and Regulations

Noise Control Information
Noise issues are increasing at the AER. Suggestions and techniques are offered to mitigate noise impacts. Noise Key Messages
(July 2013)
Directive 038
Pipeline Construction Requirements
The AER Pipeline Construction presentation outlines the Pipeline act and Rules along with the Public Lands and Water act requirements. Pipeline Construction Regulatory Requirements (May 2016) Pipeline Act

Water Act
Pipeline Leak Detection Advisory
To reduce the potential for pipeline releases and mitigate release volumes, the AER is recommending that operators increase their focus on pipeline systems monitoring and operator training. Bulletin 2016-22: Operational Advisory: Leak Detection (July 2016)

Release Reporting Requirements
The presentation, FAQ, and brochure on release reporting requirements outline the AER expectations on release/spill containment, reporting, clean up, and disposal requirements.

These documents clarify the reporting process, AER jurisdiction for various types of releases, different methods for cleanup/disposal, and commonly asked questions.

Release Reporting Requirements Brochure
(February 2015)

Release Reporting Presentation
(July 2013)

Release Reporting FAQ
(July 2011)

Proactive Procedures to Prevent Spills Brochure
(August 2013)

Informational Letter IL 98-01: A Memorandum of Understanding Between Alberta Environmental Protection and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

Directive 058: Oilfield Waste Management Requirements

Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements

Informational Letter IL 98-02: Suspension, Abandonment, Decontamination, and Surface Land Reclamation of Upstream Oil and Gas Facilities

Oil and Gas Conservation Rules and Regulations