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The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is introducing the inactive well compliance program (IWCP) to address a growing inventory of inactive wells in Alberta and increase the AER’s surveillance and compliance efforts under Directive 013: Suspension Requirements for Wells. This program applies to all inactive wells that are noncompliant with Directive 013 as of April 1, 2015. The objective of this program is to bring all inactive noncompliant wells under the program into compliance with Directive 013 requirements within five years. After April 1, 2015, all inactive wells that are not part of the program will be required to meet the requirements and timeframes of Directive 013.
Directive 013 became effective on December 1, 2004. It was designed to reduce the impacts of a growing number of inactive wells on the public, the environment, resource development, and the reputation of the AER and the industry. Directive 013 identifies suspension, monitoring, and reporting requirements for all inactive wells in Alberta.
Under the AER’s Compliance Assurance Program, self-disclosures or extensions pertaining to IWCP and Directive 013 requirements will not be accepted.
Any existing wellbore integrity issues, such as surface casing vent flows (SCVF), gas migration (GM), and casing failures must be addressed in accordance with AER Interim Directive 2003-01: 1) Isolation Packer Testing, Reporting, and Repair Requirements; 2) Surface Casing Venting Flow/Gas Migration Testing, Reporting, and Repair Requirements; 3) Casing Failure Reporting and Repair Requirements.
The AER will be hosting information sessions on the IWCP between July and October 2014 .
To receive regular updates on the IWCP, including the release date of the Inactive Well Licence List, send your e-mail address to the AER’s IWCP team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Any questions related to Directive 013, the Inactive Well Compliance Program, the Inactive Well Licence List, and suspension submissions on the AER Digital Data Submission (DDS) system can be sent to the welloperations inbox (email@example.com). Please read Directive 013, Bulletin 2014-19, and related FAQs and make sure that your questions are not already answered in one of these documents since they will be deemed lower priority due to the high volume of emails received on a daily basis.
Inactive Well Compliance Program
The inactive well compliance program completed its second year of a five year program on March 31, 2017. The program will bring into compliance a backlog of inactive wells that did not meet requirements in Directive 013. The IWCP Year Two Final Report summarizes the current progress of the program. The IWCP Year One Final Report is also available.
Licensee-specific compliances for year one and year two and the target quotas for year three are available (in spreadsheet form) in the IWCP Annual Target Quota and Progress Report.
Directive 013 and Inactive Well Compliance Program FAQs [PDF] (updated March 11, 2016)