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The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) continues to improve its rules, requirements, and processes to ensure the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources.
A review of two interim directives (IDs) and one informational letter (IL) has resulted in the following changes.
ID 91-06: Casing, Cementing, Sampling and Logging Requirements Senex, Kidney, Trout, and Associated Areas has been reviewed and the relevant requirements incorporated into Directive 008: Surface Casing Depth Requirements. As part of the review, some of the requirements in Directive 008 were clarified. Clarifications include search radii, offset wells, and an update to the surface mineable oil sands map.
ID 94-03: Underbalanced Drilling has been reviewed and changed into an addendum to Directive 036: Drilling Blowout Prevention Requirements and Procedures. There are no new requirements; however, the addendum was updated to reflect current industry recommended practices.
IL 2001-02: Field and Pool Orders and Gas Strike Areas is considered no longer necessary as current field and pool orders and gas strike areas are available on the AER website at www.aer.ca/data-and-publications/orders/aer-order-system.
ID 91-06, ID 94-03, and IL 2001-02 are rescinded as a result of this review.
Questions regarding this bulletin should be directed to the Regulatory Development Branch by telephone (403-297-8364) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Directive 008 and the addendum to Directive 036 are available from AER Information Product Services Section, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW; telephone: 403-297-8311 or 1-855-297-8311 (toll free); fax: 403-297-7040; e-mail: email@example.com. The directive is also available on the AER website www.aer.ca.
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Executive Vice President
Strategy and Regulatory Division