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Fracture Fluid Composition Data Verification for the Modernized Royalty Framework

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Release Date: Dec 01, 2016

Hydraulic fracturing fluid composition data required under Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Directive 59: Well Drilling and Completion Data Filing Requirements will be used by Alberta Energy as part of the calculations for the Modernized Royalty Framework (MRF) announced by the Government of Alberta. Additional information on the MRF and the calculations can be found at

Effective January 3, 2017, the AER will implement a quality assurance process to verify that hydraulic fracturing fluid data submitted to the AER accurately reflects completion activities that have occurred in wells drilled across the province. The quality assurance process will consist of reviews and audits of fracture operation reports and data submitted though AER’s Digital Data Submission (DDS) system. Well fracture fluid data will also be compared against historical and industry norms for fracture fluids pumped into geological pools and zones of interest.

If submitted data is identified as inaccurate, incomplete, or requires validation, the licensee will be notified by email of the deficiencies and will receive instructions on what to do. Failure to submit the requested information within 30 days from the date of the email may trigger consequences in accordance with AER’s regulatory authority.

Additional information on fracture fluid composition submission requirements can be found in Directive 059, available on the AER website,

Questions about this bulletin may be directed to

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Kolleen Kidd
Vice President, Information Management Branch