Bulletin 2013-10

Bulletin 2013-10: Revisions to Directive 047: Waste Reporting Requirements for Oilfield Waste Management Facilities

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Revisions to Directive 047: Waste Reporting Requirements for Oilfield Waste Management Facilities

Apr 02, 2013

This bulletin announces revisions to Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) Directive 047: Waste Reporting Requirements for Oilfield Waste Management Facilities (Directive 047). The revisions are effective immediately.

In April 2009, the ERCB introduced electronic reporting requirements for oilfield waste management facilities (OWMFs) through Canada’s Petroleum Information Network (PETRINEX) (formerly the Petroleum Registry of Alberta). Since the last revisions to Directive 047 in 2009 and 2010, a number of enhancements have been made to PETRINEX to improve system functionalities, further standardize reporting requirements, and alleviate balancing and compliance issues. The revisions to Directive 047 reflect the changes resulting from these reporting enhancements, which include the following:

  • Reporting codes have been added to allow operators of a facility to enter ADMATT for receipt of all additives (e.g., chemicals, sorbent materials, flocculants, etc.) used within a waste plant to help with oilfield waste management.
  • The equation associated with per cent inventory adjustment has been revised to include opening inventory (INVOP).
    • % INVADJ = (INVADJ/REC) × 100% (original calculation)
    • % INVADJ = (INVADJ/REC + INVOP) × 100% (new calculation)
  • How new waste plant reporting codes function has been revised. When a new waste plant reporting code (Alberta Waste Plant facility ID [ABWP]) is obtained, it will be given an operational status of NEW. When a waste plant first reports to PETRINEX, PETRINEX will automatically change the operational status to ACTIVE, and those waste plants that are not required to report to PETRINEX will have an operational status of RETIRED.
  • With Saskatchewan now reporting to PETRINEX (as of April 1, 2012), industry is required to use the unique well identifier that is consistent with the Alberta reporting structure. This means free form will no longer be accepted provided the unique well identifier or facility ID is within PETRINEX.
  • The reporting requirements for OWMFs have been clarified. Reporting must reflect what physically occurs onsite at the facility. The receipt of waste at an OWMF is first accounted for as a receipt [REC] at the ABWP reporting facility ID. For OWMFs with other approved activities (e.g., custom treating [ABCT facility ID], terminalling [ABTM facility ID], or injection [ABIF facility ID]), the OWMF must show a disposition [DISP] to the appropriate reporting facility ID.
  • Directive 047 now incorporates the error and noncompliance fee changes previously implemented and outlined in Bulletin 2011-05 dated March 3, 2011. Waste plant error messages and corresponding noncompliance fees became effective with the January 2012 production month. Failure to address an identified noncompliance issued within a specified timeframe may result in escalation and issuance of a low risk enforcement Action in accordance with Directive 019. Noncompliance escalation timelines are available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca under Regulations and Directives : Directives : Directive 007: Volumetric and Infrastructure Requirements : Volumetric Reporting Noncompliance Escalation Timelines (September 2011).

ERCB Bulletin 2011-05: Volumetric Reporting Submission Errors and Noncompliance Fees Related to Waste Plant Reporting is rescinded simultaneous with the release of this directive.

The revised Directive 047 is available on the ERCB website www.ercb.ca under Regulations & Directives : Directives : Directive 047: Waste Reporting Requirements for Oilfield Waste Management Facilities. Paper copies of the directive may be purchased from ERCB Information Services, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta; telephone: 403-297-8311; fax: 403-297-7040; e-mail: infoservices@ercb.ca.

Questions about this bulletin or Directive 047 should be directed to the ERCB Waste and Storage Section by e-mail to Directive047@ercb.ca.

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Stephen Smith
Executive Manager
Applications Branch