Flaring is the controlled burning of natural gas in the course of routine oil and gas production operations. This burning occurs at the end of a flare stack or boom.
Venting is the controlled release of gases into the atmosphere in the course of oil and gas production operations. These gases might be natural gas or other hydrocarbon vapours, water vapour, and other gases, such as carbon dioxide, separated in the processing of oil or natural gas.
Flaring and venting are associated with a wide range of energy development activities and operations, including disposal of gas associated with
The AER has several directives and bulletins that control and regulate flaring and venting in the province of Alberta.