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The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking public feedback on its draft directive on requirements for addressing odours and emissions from heavy oil and bitumen operations in the Peace River area of Alberta (defined in figure 1 of the draft directive).
The draft directive is in response to odour and emissions concerns expressed by residents of the Peace River area. In July 2013, the AER’s chief hearing commissioner assigned a panel of AER hearing commissioners to conduct an inquiry and write a report with findings and recommendations. The panel released its report, Report of Recommendations on Odours and Emissions in the Peace River Area, on March 31, 2014. The recommendations in the report were divided into various categories: geology, health, operations, monitoring and modelling, regulatory, and stakeholder engagement. The operations section included recommendations to eliminate routine and nonroutine venting, reduce flaring, increase gas conservation, reduce fugitive emissions, and minimize odours from truck loading and unloading activities. On April 15, 2014, the AER accepted the recommendations and provided assurance that the outcomes that were expressed in the report, and that were within AER’s jurisdiction, would be met. The draft directive addresses ten of those recommendations, while the other seven have either already been addressed (e.g., revisions to Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting), did not require regulatory changes (e.g., scientific research into the geology of the area), or are ongoing (e.g., stakeholder engagement).
Once the draft directive is finalized, section 8.4 of Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules and section 8.7.3 of Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting will also be revised to reference the new directive. The draft directive can be found at aer.ca. Feedback will be accepted through November 8, 2015.
For more information on the progress we have made on the Peace River recommendations, please visit our “Taking Action in Peace River” page on our website.
Please send all feedback (using the form found on the directive’s webpage) and questions by e-mail to PeaceRiverRecommendations@aer.ca, or by mail to the Regulatory Development and Economics Branch, Alberta Energy Regulator, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R4.
All feedback received will be reviewed for the purposes noted in the bulletin, and a summary of stakeholder feedback will be posted on the AER’s website. All of the comments provided through this consultation will form part of the public record, and any comment received may also be attributed to the specific individuals 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 AER may use the personal contact information you provide for follow-up communication related to your feedback. Paper copies of the draft directive are available from AER Order Fulfillment, Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW; telephone: 403-297-8311; fax: 403-297-7040; e-mail InformationRequest@aer.ca.
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