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In July 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued Bulletin 2014-21: Control Well Requirements for Horseshoe Canyon and Belly River Coalbed Methane Development announcing relief from certain coalbed methane (CBM) control well requirements while it examined the requirements in sections 7.025 and 11.145 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Rules (OGCR) with respect to designated pressure and flow control wells for Horseshoe Canyon and Belly River coals. Although the AER has not completed its evaluation of these requirements, the AER has sufficient understanding of CBM development in these coals to support the same relief for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years. This means that for calendar years 2015 and 2016, the AER grants relief from
In addition to the above and until the AER formally revises its control well requirements, licensees may submit applications to rescind specific control wells to reduce the density of control well coverage. These applications should be submitted through the AER’s Electronic Application Submission system in accordance with Directive 062: Coalbed Methane Control Well Requirements and Related Matters. The application must not be for an area greater than nine townships. The application must demonstrate for each township that one or more AER-designated control wells will remain for all the validated zones within that township. The remaining pressure and flow control wells should be evenly spaced, and the AER will take this into consideration in its review of the application.
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The AER continues to require
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