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The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) is responsible for maintaining and administering storage requirements for the upstream petroleum industry. These requirements are set out in Directive 055: Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry.
The ERCB issued Bulletin 2011-10: Use of C-Rings for Storage Systems in the Upstream Petroleum Industry after becoming aware of the use of these systems, which were not Directive 055–authorized storage systems in Alberta. In response to Bulletin 2011-10, industry disclosed that the systems were mainly used to store cement returns (excess cement circulated to surface after downhole cementing) and to store water and water-based fracturing fluids from hydraulic fracturing operations.
In response to Bulletin 2011-10, operators wishing to use the systems to store materials other than freshwater or inert solids submitted applications requesting ERCB approval of the storage systems. To manage the applications, the ERCB developed minimum interim requirements for the use of these systems, which it has named aboveground synthetically-lined wall storage systems (AWSSs). During the development of the interim requirements, the ERCB also identified the need to update liner requirements and requirements for optional diking for temporary aboveground storage tanks.
To describe the interim requirements and invite stakeholder review and feedback, the ERCB announces the release of Directive 055-Addendum 2011-10-11: Interim Requirements for Aboveground Synthetically-Lined Wall Storage Systems, Updates to Liner Requirements, and Optional Diking Requirements for Single-Walled Aboveground Storage Tanks.
Directive 055-Addendum 2011-10-11 and Directive 055 are available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca under Industry Zone : Rules, Regulations, and Requirements : Directives. The addendum and directive are also available from ERCB Information Services, Suite 1000,
250 – 5 Street SW; telephone: 403-297-8311 or 1-855-297-8311 (toll free); fax: 403-297-7040;
Feedback may be electronically submitted (by e-mail with an attached Word file) to Directive055@ercb.ca, with the subject line “Directive 055-Addendum 2011-10-11 Feedback.”
The ERCB would like the responses to identify
Feedback received will be considered when finalizing Directive 055-Addendum 2011-10-11. Feedback will be accepted until December 12, 2011.
As the approvals the ERCB has issued for use of AWSSs are based on the requirements proposed in Directive 055-Addendum 2011-10-11, the ERCB deems it reasonable to apply these requirements for the duration of the consultation period. Provided the proposed requirements are followed, application for ERCB approval for use of an AWSS is not required.
Once ERCB review of the feedback received on Directive 055-Addendum 2011-10-11 is completed, industry will be advised as soon as possible of any changes. The goal is to finalize the requirements within the first quarter of 2012.
All feedback received will be reviewed for the purposes noted in the bulletin. All of the comments, feedback, and information collected, used, and disclosed through this consultation will form part of the public record and are subject to the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The ERCB may use the contact information you provide for follow-up communication related to your feedback.
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