Bulletin 2013-24

Bulletin 2013-24: Invitation for Feedback – Draft Well Logging Directive

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Invitation for Feedback – Draft Well Logging Directive

Jun 06, 2013

As Alberta’s primary energy regulator, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) establishes, reviews, and updates the rules for oil and gas development in light of new and changing issues, risks, opportunities, and challenges.

To respond to changes to well logging practices, such as those related to the increasing practice of horizontal and multiwell pad drilling, the ERCB has developed draft Directive XXX: Well Logging that updates, clarifies, and consolidates the ERCB’s well logging requirements.

The draft directive sets out requirements for reporting and submitting well log data and requirements for logging

  • vertical wells,
  • deviated wells,
  • horizontal wells,
  • multiple wells on the same pad, and
  • the surface casing interval.

Once in effect, the directive will replace the following directives and informational letters (ILs), including the associated waiver handling processes:

  • Directive 021: Standard for the Submission of Digital Log Data to the EUB
  • Directive 043: Well Logging Requirements - Surface Casing Interval
  • IL 93-4: Policy for the Logging Requirements of Horizontal Wells
  • IL 88-1: Submission of Mud Log Data

To put the directive into effect, the ERCB will amend the Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, section 11.140(1). The amendments will include replacing the current requirement that spontaneous potential and resistivity be measured from the base of surface casing to total depth for all wells.

The draft directive can be found on the ERCB website, www.ercb.ca. Paper copies of the draft directive can be purchased from ERCB Information Product Services Section, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW; telephone: 403-297-8311; fax: 403-297-7040; e-mail: infoservices@ercb.ca.

To provide feedback, complete the comment form available on the ERCB website. Feedback on the draft directive will be accepted until July 31, 2013, and can be submitted by e-mail to FeedbackWellLogging@ercb.ca or by mail to the ERCB, Regulatory Development Branch, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R4.

All feedback received will be reviewed and may be posted on the ERCB’s website. All feedback received 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 provided for follow-up communication related to the feedback.

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Kevin Parks, Ph.D., P.Geol.
Executive Manager
Geology, Environmental Science, and Economics Branch