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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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