Bulletin 2012-20

Bulletin 2012-20: Directive 079: Surface Development in Proximity to Abandoned Wells in Support of the Subdivision and Development Regulation Amendment

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Directive 079: Surface Development in Proximity to Abandoned Wells in Support of the Subdivision and Development Regulation Amendment

Sep 20, 2012

The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) announces the release of Directive 079: Surface Development in Proximity to Abandoned Wells, which establishes new requirements targeted at proponents of surface developments, municipal officials, planners, development officers, and the oil and gas industry. The directive sets out requirements in support of an amendment by Alberta Municipal Affairs to the Subdivision and Development Regulation, which requires proponents (developers and property owners) of a subdivision or development to identify the locations of abandoned wells during planning and to appropriately locate them within proposed areas of surface development. The directive also establishes requirements for licensees of abandoned wells to provide information and support to proponents of a subdivision or development and to follow an established well locating and testing protocol for abandoned wells near existing and proposed surface development.

Key Features of the Directive

  • Information about abandoned wells and how to identify their locations
  • Instructions on obtaining abandoned well information from the ERCB using the newly developed Abandoned Well Viewer available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca
  • Requirements that proponents of a subdivision or development must follow, including setback requirements around abandoned wells
  • Requirements that licensees of abandoned wells must follow, including using the well locating and testing protocol detailed in the directive
  • Contact information

Additional Information

Directive 079 is available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca. 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: infoservices@ercb.ca.

The amendment to the Subdivision and Development Regulation is available on the Municipal Affairs website www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca.

Questions or comments about this bulletin or Directive 079 may be submitted to directive079@ercb.ca.

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Trevor Dark
Chief Operating Officer