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The 1996 edition of the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management has undergone review and been revised. The 2012 edition of Directive 050 provides a comprehensive set of requirements for the appropriate management of drilling wastes, which are designed to:
Directive 050 was last updated in 1996. Since then, there have been significant advancements in drilling mud formulations, waste management options, and soil quality and reclamation guidelines. In addition, the ERCB, Alberta Environment and Water (AEW), and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) have clarified roles and responsibilities for regulating waste management. The ERCB is responsible for maintaining and administering oilfield waste management requirements for the upstream petroleum industry, including those for drilling waste which is a type of oilfield waste.
In September 2007, the ERCB published a draft revision of Directive 050 and invited feedback on it. The comments received were assessed against current soil, environmental, and analytical sciences, as well as against regulatory requirements and procedures. To assist with this assessment, the ERCB held meetings and corresponded with representatives from industry and environmental associations, and federal and provincial government agencies. The 2007 draft edition of Directive 050 was revised and released for a second round of public review on April 18, 2011.
Responses were again received from representatives from industry, environmental consulting companies, and government agencies. The ERCB, in consultation with AEW and SRD, considered the comments in finalizing the 2012 revision of Directive 050. A summary of the feedback and the ERCB’s response to that feedback can be found with Directive 050 on the ERCB website at www.ercb.ca.
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This edition of Directive 050 supersedes the 1996 edition of Directive 050 and incorporates, with updates and clarifications, the requirements set out in the following publications, which are now rescinded:
Revised or newly introduced requirements in the 2012 edition of Directive 050 are effective six months from the date of publication. Requirements from other ERCB directives, interim directives, and informational letters that have been consolidated in the directive are in effect the date the 2012 edition of Directive 050 is issued. Requirements for drilling waste management methods that previously required a site specific approval from the ERCB (as specified in the 1996 edition of Directive 050 or other ERCB publications) are also in effect the date the 2012 edition is issued. Requirements from other ERCB directives or interim directives that have been summarized in Directive 050 are also in effect the date the 2012 edition is issued, but will be superseded by any changes or updates made to the originating documents. Refer to Sections 1.1 and 1.5 of Directive 050 for further details.
The ERCB will host information sessions on the 2012 edition of Directive 050 on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 1:00 p. m. to 4:00 p. m. and Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 8:00 a. m. to 12:00 p. m. and 1:00 p. m. to 4:00 p. m., at the ERCB Head Office, 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, in the Bow River/Glacier Room on the 3rd floor. If you are interested in registering for a session, e-mail BOS.Admin@ercb.ca with your preferred date and time.
The 2012 edition of Directive 050 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 1-855-297-8311 (toll free); fax: 403-297-7040; e-mail: email@example.com. Direct any questions regarding this bulletin or the revised edition of Directive 050 to the ERCB Waste & Storage Section by e-mail to Directive050@ercb.ca.
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