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The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) announces the release of a new edition of Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules, which is effective September 26, 2011. This edition replaces all previous editions.
The September 2011 edition of Directive 056 incorporates requirements from recently published ERCB directives, addresses frequently asked questions (FAQs) from the Directive 056 webpage, and includes revisions resulting from the submission of electronic pipeline/pipeline installation applications. Related changes will be made in a future update to the Electronic Application Submission (EAS) system.
In addition to revising Directive 056 as part of its effort to improve its regulatory framework, the ERCB reviewed IL 2001-5: Construction of a Well Site Prior to the Issuance of a Well Licence. This review identified that the requirements of IL 2001-5 are set out in Section 11 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act and have also been incorporated into this revised edition of Directive 056. Accordingly, the ERCB is rescinding IL 2001-05.
The ERCB also reviewed Bulletin 2007-35: Clarification of Informational Letter (IL) 93-09: Oil and Gas Development Eastern Slopes (Southern Portion), which introduced in 2007 new procedural requirements relating to IL 93-09. Due to high levels of compliance with these requirements, the ERCB no longer needs to evaluate applications in the Eastern Slopes area through its Directive 056 nonroutine process. The ERCB is therefore rescinding Bulletin 2007-35. Applicants must still meet the requirements of IL 93-09 but may submit their applications as routine. Compliance with IL 93-09 will continue to be assessed through the Applications Audit process.
The following is a summary of the key updates contained in Directive 056.
A more detailed summary of the changes is contained in the September 2011 edition of Directive 056, Appendix 1, which has been attached to this bulletin.
The ERCB will continue to post FAQs and updates on its Directive 056 webpage on the ERCB Web site www.ercb.ca and encourages industry to monitor the webpage for future Directive 056 changes, enhancements, and clarifications. Questions regarding Directive 056 (September 2011 edition) may be directed toFacilities Applications Help Line: 403-297-4369
Directive 056 is available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca under Industry Zone : Rules, Regulations, and Requirements : Directives. Printed copies of the directive may be purchased from ERCB Information Services, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW; telephone: 403-297-8311 or toll-free 1-855-297-8311; fax: 403-297-7040; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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