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Holding Industry Accountable

We inform industry about regulatory matters by offering formal education sessions, discussing the results of a field inspection with an operator, and working with companies to ensure that their applications meet our standards, to name a few ways. In addition to the guidance our directives and bulletins provide, this information helps companies meet our requirements and stay in compliance.

Here we share information for industry to learn more about certain AER requirements and what we expect for specific developments and activities.

More Opportunities for Industry to Learn

Our education programs and initiatives go beyond what is listed on this page. We offer many face-to-face sessions and presentations to companies throughout the year, such as

  • group operator awareness sessions,
  • presentations to individual companies, and
  • AER inspection training.

We announce upcoming information sessions and technical briefings on our Events page. To learn about other opportunities, please email IndustryEducation@aer.ca.

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Note/Disclaimer: The following information is provided for guidance and summary purposes only and is not an exhaustive description of AER requirements relating to a given topic or subject area. Operators and licensees must at all times comply with, and should consult, all applicable AER requirements before undertaking any activity.

AER Directives

Description Information resources Applicable directives and regulations
Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management
Directive 050 was updated on July 15, 2016. This edition of Directive 050 features many significant changes. The directive is a comprehensive set of requirements for the appropriate management of drilling wastes. Directive 050 FAQs
(May 2012)

Drilling Waste Notification Requirements
(October 2013)
Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management

Bulletin 2012-08: Revision of Directive 050: Drilling Waste
Directive 055: Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry
The presentation and FAQ outline our rules and requirements regarding the storage of materials produced, generated, or used on upstream petroleum sites.
These documents contain information on aboveground tanks, underground tanks, containers, temporary storage, double-walled tanks, bulk pad and lined earthen excavation storage, compacted clay liners, and surface water discharge.
Directive 055 FAQs
(July 2011)

Directive 055 presentation
(July 2012)

Report 2009-A: Updates to Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry – Discussion Document on Directive 055
Directive 055: Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry

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Compliance and Liability Resources

 

Description Information resources Applicable directives and regulations
Compliance Assurance Program
This presentation describes our approach to compliance and enforcement, the Integrated Compliance Assurance Framework, and Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program. AER Compliance and Enforcement Program (February 2016) Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program.
Top five most common noncompliances in ten inspection categories
This summary has been developed in response to industry’s request for timely and relevant information on compliance. It can be used by industry members to gain a better understanding of our requirements. January–December 2017
(January 2018)

January–June 2017
(July 2017)

January–December 2016
(February 2017)

January–September 2016
(November 2016)

January–June 2016
(July 2016)

January–December 2015
(February 2016)

January–December 2014
(February 2015)
 
Licensee Liability Rating (LLR)
We held an initial industry information session to help licensees understand the impacts of the 2015 LLR changes and discuss available options for managing their deemed liabilities. Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program Changes presentation [PDF] (June 2015) Directive 006: Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program and Licence Transfer Process

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Ensuring Safety

 

Description Information resources Applicable directives and regulations
Noise control information
Noise issues are increasingly being reported to us. Suggestions and techniques are offered to mitigate noise impacts. Noise Key Messages
(July 2013)
Directive 038: Noise Control
Farming and industry safety issues
The following articles cover working around oil and gas facilities. Farming Safety
(July 2013)
Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program

Manual 005: Pipeline Inspections

Directive 077: Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools
 
Ground disturbance requirements
Our ground disturbance requirements presentation includes the minimum requirements that must be met to conduct ground disturbance activities. Ground Disturbance Requirements presentation
(April 2014)

Safe Excavation Near Pipelines brochure
(August 2013)
Manual 005: Pipeline Inspections

Directive 077: Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools

Pipeline Rules
Pipeline leak detection advisory
To reduce the potential for pipeline releases and mitigate release volumes, we recommend that operators increase their focus on pipeline systems monitoring and operator training.   Bulletin 2016-22: Operational Advisory: Leak Detection (July 2016)
Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections
Manual 001 is a reference document for AER staff to ensure consistency in pursuing regulatory compliance. It became effective January 1, 2011.

Manual 001 cites existing AER requirements that inspectors regularly assess for licensee compliance and lists applicable noncompliance events and their associated risk ratings.
Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections

Manual 001 Field Operations Branch presentation (June 2014)
Directive 017: Measurement Requirements

Directive 038: Noise Control

Directive 039: Revised Program to Reduce Benzene Emissions from Glycol Dehydrators

Directive 055: Storage Requirements

Directive 055 (Addendum): Addendum: Interim Requirements for Aboveground Synthetically- Lined Wall Storage Systems, Updates to Liner Requirements, and Optional Diking Requirements for Single-Walled aboveground Storage Tanks

Directive 058: Oilfield Waste Management Requirements

Directive 058 (Addendum): Oilfield Waste Management Facility Approvals—Notification and Amendment Procedures

Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting

Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements

Oil and Gas Conservation Rules and Regulations
Inspections of suspended facilities and wells
Updated twice a year, this document reports on inspections of suspended facilities and wells. Inspections of Suspended Facilities and Wells
(April 2016 to March 2017)
(May 2017)
Directive 013: Suspension Requirements for Wells

Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections
Enhanced Production Audit Program (EPAP)
This presentation provides an overview of our Enhanced Production Audit Program. Production Audit Enhanced Production Audit Program [PDF] (June 2016)  

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Pipeline Operation and Performance

 

Description Information resources Applicable directives and regulations
Pipeline operator awareness sessions
Drayton Valley session held on October 9, 2013 – Presentations/handouts from Operator Awareness Session



Red Deer session held on February 14, 2013 – Presentations/handouts from Operator Awareness Session
How to Address Issues of Aging Infrastructure(November 2013)
Reducing Third Party Damage (November 2013)

Industry Environmental Scan (November 2013)

Pipelines Forum (November 2013)

Pipeline Workshop materials (March 2013)
 
Pipeline performance: Shaping the next era
On March 27, 2014, we hosted a full-day industry education session in Calgary on focusing on Improving Pipeline Performance in Alberta. The education session included AER regulatory presentations, along with industry participants sharing ways they have improved their own systems and what they have learned from their processes.

AER Pipeline Performance – Paths to Improvement

AER Compliance and Enforcement

AER Pipeline Incident Response

Enbridge – Social License to Operate

PennWest – Cost of a Pipeline Failure

CEPA – Pipeline Performance – Raising the Bar

Encana – Spill Prevention, Mitigation, and Response Program

Pengrowth – Composite Pipeline Management

 
Pipeline construction requirements
Our Pipeline Construction presentation outlines the Pipeline Act and Pipeline Rules along with the Public Lands Act and Water act requirements. Pipeline Construction Regulatory Requirements (May 2016) Pipeline Act

Public Lands Act

Water Act

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Responding to Incidents and Emergencies

 

Read an overview of how we respond to incidents and emergencies related to energy development.

Description Information resources Applicable directives and regulations
Emergency response overview
This presentation describes the AER’s expectations for emergency response.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness
Release reporting requirements
The presentation, FAQ, and brochure on release reporting requirements describe our expectations on release/spill containment, reporting, clean up, and disposal requirements. These documents clarify the reporting process, AER jurisdiction for various types of releases, different methods for clean up/disposal, and commonly asked questions.
 

Release Reporting Requirements brochure (June 2018)

Release Reporting presentation (December 2015)

Release Reporting FAQ (April 2017)

Release Reporting Definitions (May 2018)

Release Reporting Form (May 2018)

Proactive Procedures to Prevent Spills brochure (August 2013)

Informational Letter IL 98-01: A Memorandum of Understanding Between Alberta Environmental Protection and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board
Directive 058: Oilfield Waste Management Requirements


Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements

Informational Letter IL 98-02: Suspension, Abandonment, Decontamination, and Surface Land Reclamation of Upstream Oil and Gas Facilities

Oil and Gas Conservation Rules and Regulations

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Submitting Information to the AER

 

Description Information resources Applicable directives and regulations
Digital Data Submission (DDS) system
The DDS system is used by industry to submit information to us via the Internet.
The presentation and FAQ outline how to navigate this system, enter notifications, and search for AER inspections and incidents.
Digital Data Submission DDS presentation (July 2012)

DDS FAQs (July 2011)

FIS Web User Guide
 
General Bulletin GB 2002-11: New Electronic Web Submission Requirements for Field Surveillance Notifications (Contact the AER Library for a copy of this document.)

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