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Project Application


Our estimated processing time for this application is 30 business days. See our timeline spreadsheet for updates.

Purpose of the Application

Companies must apply for coalbed methane (CBM) desorption control wells to help us gather data on Alberta’s CBM resources. For a list of valid control wells, click here.

We encourage companies to work together to select control wells in a CBM development area. This collaboration makes the control well designation process more effective and efficient.

Process Checklist

Submit an Application
Companies must submit CBM desorption control well applications through our Digital Data Submission (DDS) system. We will register each application and assign a reference number.

By submitting an application, the company accepts that its information is no longer confidential.

Review Process

  1. We share all applications on our Public Notice of Application page to encourage public participation in the approval process.
  2. Anyone who believes they may be directly and adversely affected by an application can file a statement of concern (SOC). If we receive an SOC, it may take us longer to process the application.
  3. We will assign the application to a subject matter expert for initial review. If information is missing (i.e., the application is not complete), we will close the application. Otherwise, we will proceed with a full technical review. We look at
    • the location of the applied-for well or facility site. If it falls within an area covered by the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan or the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, our review will be more stringent;
    • the geological aspects of the proposed application; and
    • the quality and quantity of desorption data, which are used to represent CBM zones within a defined area.
    • We may request additional information (through a supplemental information request) to complete our technical review.
  4. We will decide to approve, close, or deny the application. If we close it, the applicant may reapply without prejudice. If we deny it, the applicant can file an appeal through our appeal process.
  5. We will provide the applicant with a link to the letter with our decision, which is accessible through the Integrated Application Registry. We will also share our decision on our Publication of Decision page.