Bulletin 2012-15

Bulletin 2012-15: Invitation for Feedback-Draft Directive on Water Disposal Limits and Measurement and Reporting Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes

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Invitation for Feedback-Draft Directive on Water Disposal Limits and Measurement and Reporting Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes

Jul 12, 2012

The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) is requesting input on the draft directive Water Disposal Limits and Measurement and Reporting Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes. This draft directive contains

  • water disposal limits for thermal in situ oil sands schemes, and
  • requirements for water measurement and accuracy, proration of wellhead steam injection, reporting to the Petroleum Registry of Alberta, and injection facility water balances.

In February 2009, the ERCB and Alberta Environment (now known as Environment and Sustainable Resource Development [ESRD]) requested input on the joint draft directive Requirements for Water Measurement, Reporting and Use for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes. Since then, the ERCB and ESRD have decided to proceed separately in the development of regulatory requirements regarding water use at in situ oil sands schemes. The ERCB has, therefore, amended the draft directive to build upon existing ERCB regulatory requirements to maximize produced water recycle and minimize disposal at thermal in situ oil sands schemes. The maximum disposal limit set out in the draft directive is intended to accomplish this.

The new directive will replace

  • ERCB Information Letter (IL) 89-05: Water Recycle Guidelines and Water Use Information—Reporting for In Situ Oil Sands Facilities in Alberta, and
  • ERCB Bulletin 2006-11: Water Recycle, Reporting, and Balancing Information for In Situ Thermal Schemes

Feedback on the draft directive, which is available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca, will be accepted until September 14, 2012. Send all feedback or questions by e-mail to Tom Keelan and Kudjo Fiakpui at thermalinsitu@ercb.ca. All feedback received will be reviewed for the purposes noted in the bulletin and will be posted on the ERCB website. All of the comments provided through this consultation will form part of the public record and, at the discretion of the ERCB, any comment received may also be attributed to the specific individual(s) providing it. Personal information provided with comments will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The ERCB may use the personal contact information you provide for follow-up communication related to your feedback.

For more information on the draft directive, see the frequently asked questions on the directive’s web page. The ERCB may post additional frequently asked questions throughout this consultative process.

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Terry Abel, P.Eng.
Executive Manager
Oil Sands and Coal Branch