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Rules and Directives

Our directives contain requirements and processes that energy companies operating in Alberta must follow.  If not, we will enforce action through our compliance assurance program.

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DateRaw Name Description Date
20120606 Directive 001 Requirements for Site-Specific Liability Assessments in Support of the ERCB's Liability Management Programs June 06, 2012
20110418 Directive 004 Termination of Water Production at Gas Wells [Rescinded by Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations] April 18, 2011
19780101 Directive 005 Calculating Subsurface Pressure via Fluid-Level Recorders January 01, 1978
20130312 Directive 006 Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program and Licence Transfer Process March 12, 2013
20150225 Directive 007 Volumetric and Infrastructure Requirements February 25, 2015
20160217 Directive 007-1 Allowables Handbook. Guidelines for the calculation of monthly production allowables in Alberta. February 17, 2016
20131209 Directive 008 Surface Casing Depth Requirements December 09, 2013
19900701 Directive 009 Casing Cementing Minimum Requirements July 01, 1990
20091222 Directive 010 Minimum Casing Design Requirements December 22, 2009
20150331 Directive 011 Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program - Updated Industry Parameters and Liability Costs March 31, 2015
20181206 Directive 013 Suspension Requirements for Wells December 06, 2018
20181213 Directive 017 Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations December 13, 2018
20100901 Directive 019 Compliance Assurance [Rescinded by Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program] September 01, 2010
20181206 Directive 020 Well Abandonment December 06, 2018
19921101 Directive 021 Standards for the Submission of Digital Log Data to the EUB [Rescinded by Directive 080: Well Logging] November 01, 1992
20100615 Directive 022 Use of Bimodal High-Density Polyethylene Pipe in Oil and Gas Service [Rescinded by Directive 077: Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools] June 15, 2010
19910901 Directive 023 Guidelines Respecting an Application for a Commercial Crude Bitumen Recovery and Upgrading Project September 01, 1991
20130528 Directive 023 (Draft) Oil Sands Project Applications May 28, 2013
20090915 Directive 024 Large Facility Liability Management Program September 15, 2009
20110513 Directive 025 Industrial Development Permit Applications to the ERCB - A Guide to Content [On May 13, 2011, the Energy Statutes Amendment Act, 2011 came into force. It repealed Sections 28 to 31 of the Coal Conservation Act, Section 43 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act, and Section 12 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act. These sections deal with industrial development permits. As a result of these amendments, the ERCB will no longer issue industrial development permits. All existing industrial development permits and all applications for industrial development permits are cancelled, and Directive 025 is no longer in effect.] May 13, 2011
20050922 Directive 026 Setback Requirements for Oil Effluent Pipelines September 22, 2005
20090814 Directive 027 Shallow Fracturing Operations-Restricted Operations [Rescinded & superseded by Directive 083: Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity] August 14, 2009
20030101 Directive 029 Energy and Utility Development Applications and the Hearing Process January 01, 2003
20060201 Directive 030 Digital Data Submission of the Annual Oilfield Waste Disposition Report February 01, 2006
20131130 Directive 031 REDA Energy Cost Claims November 30, 2013
19831101 Directive 032 Common Gas Purchaser and Related Matters, Board Policy and Views November 01, 1983
20070724 Directive 033 Well Servicing and Completions Operations - Interim Requirement Regarding the Potential for Explosive Mixtures and Ignition in Wells July 24, 2007
19790901 Directive 034 Gas Well Testing, Theory and Practice September 01, 1979
20060508 Directive 035 Baseline Water Well Testing Requirement for Coalbed Methane Wells Completed Above the Base of Groundwater Protection May 08, 2006
20190314 Directive 036 Drilling Blowout Prevention Requirements and Procedures March 14, 2019
20060216 Directive 037 Service Rig Inspection Manual February 16, 2006
20180131 Directive 037 (Addendum) Well Control and Well Blowout Prevention Training January 31, 2018
20070216 Directive 038 Noise Control February 16, 2007
20180619 Directive 039 Revised Program to Reduce Benzene Emissions from Glycol Dehydrators June 19, 2018
20130208 Directive 040 Pressure and Deliverability Testing Oil and Gas Wells February 08, 2013
20110321 Directive 041 Adoption of CSA Z662-03, Annex N, as Mandatory [Rescinded by Directive 077: Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools] March 21, 2011
20060906 Directive 042 Measurement, Accounting, and Reporting Plan (MARP) Requirements for Thermal Bitumen Schemes September 06, 2006
20061101 Directive 043 Well Logging Requirements-Surface Casing Interval [Rescinded by Directive 080: Well Logging] November 01, 2006
20110714 Directive 044 Requirements for Surveillance, Sampling, and Analysis of Water Production in Hydrocarbon Wells Completed Above the Base of Groundwater Protection July 14, 2011
20120501 Directive 045 Digital Data Submission of Drilling Waste Disposal Notification [Rescinded by Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management] May 01, 2012
20030101 Directive 046 Production Audit Handbook January 01, 2003
20130404 Directive 047 Waste Reporting Requirements for Oilfield Waste Management Facilities April 04, 2013
20150526 Directive 048 Monthly Custom Treating Plant Statement [Rescinded by Manual 011: How to Submit Volumetric Data to the AER] May 26, 2015
20091022 Directive 049 Gas Density Measurement Frequency (Orifice Meters) [Rescinded by Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations] October 22, 2009
20160715 Directive 050 Drilling Waste Management July 15, 2016
19940301 Directive 051 Injection and Disposal Wells – Well Classifications, Completions, Logging, and Testing Requirements March 01, 1994
20181011 Directive 054 Performance Presentations, Auditing, and Surveillance of In Situ Oil Sands Schemes October 11, 2018
20011201 Directive 055 Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry December 01, 2001
20111010 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 October 10, 2011
20181018 Directive 056 Energy Development Applications and Schedules October 18, 2018
20110223 Directive 057 Fencing and Site Access Requirements for Oil and Gas [Rescinded by Bulletin 2011-04] February 23, 2011
20060201 Directive 058 Oilfield Waste Management Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry February 01, 2006
20150114 Directive 058 (Addendum) Oilfield Waste Management Facility Approvals—Notification and Amendment Procedures January 14, 2015
20180329 Directive 059 Well Drilling and Completion Data Filing Requirements March 29, 2018
20181213 Directive 060 Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting December 13, 2018
19830801 Directive 061 How to Apply for Government Approval of Coal Projects in Alberta August 01, 1983
20100401 Directive 062 Coalbed Methane Control Well Requirements and Related Matters April 01, 2010
20110101 Directive 063 Requirements and Procedures for Oilfield Waste Management Facilities [Rescinded by Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections] January 01, 2011
20110101 Directive 064 Requirements and Procedures for Facilities [Rescinded by Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections] January 01, 2011
20140409 Directive 065 Resources Applications for Oil and Gas Reservoirs April 09, 2014
20110309 Directive 066 Requirements and Procedures for Pipelines [Rescinded by Manual 005: Pipeline Inspections] March 09, 2011
20171206 Directive 067 Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals December 06, 2017
20100917 Directive 068 ERCB Security Deposits September 17, 2010
20130101 Directive 070 Drilling Waste Disposal Inspection Manual [Rescinded by Manual 002: Drilling Waste Inspections] January 01, 2013
20170202 Directive 071 Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry February 02, 2017
20081216 Directive 072 Well Abandonment Notification Requirements [Rescinded by Directive 020: Well Abandonment] December 16, 2008
20081217 Directive 073 Requirements for Inspection and Compliance of Oil Sands Mining and Processing Plant Operations in the Oil Sands Mining Area December 17, 2008
20160714 Directive 074 Tailings Performance Criteria and Requirements for Oil Sands Mining Schemes [Rescinded by Directive 085: Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects] July 14, 2016
20090915 Directive 075 Oilfield Waste Liability (OWL) Program September 15, 2009
20120828 Directive 076 Operator Declaration Regarding Measurement and Reporting Requirements August 28, 2012
20111222 Directive 077 Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools December 22, 2011
20101203 Directive 078 Regulatory Application Process for Modifications to Commercial In Situ Oil Sands Projects December 03, 2010
20141128 Directive 079 Surface Development in Proximity to Abandoned Wells November 28, 2014
20140417 Directive 080 Well Logging April 17, 2014
20121121 Directive 081 Water Disposal Limits and Reporting Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes November 21, 2012
20190620 Directive 081 (Draft) Water Disposal Limits and Reporting Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes June 20, 2019
20130213 Directive 082 Operating Criteria: Resource Recovery Requirements for Oil Sands Mine and Processing Plant Operations February 13, 2013
20130521 Directive 083 Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity May 21, 2013
20180911 Directive 084 Requirements for Hydrocarbon Emission Controls and Gas Conservation in the Peace River Area September 11, 2018
20171012 Directive 085 Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects October 12, 2017
20161216 Directive 086 Reservoir Containment Application Requirements for Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage Projects in the Shallow Athabasca Oil Sands Area December 16, 2016
20190625 Directive XXX (Draft) Public Involvement June 25, 2019
DateRaw Name Description Date
20120606 Directive 001 Requirements for Site-Specific Liability Assessments in Support of the ERCB's Liability Management Programs June 06, 2012
19780101 Directive 005 Calculating Subsurface Pressure via Fluid-Level Recorders January 01, 1978
20130312 Directive 006 Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program and Licence Transfer Process March 12, 2013
20150225 Directive 007 Volumetric and Infrastructure Requirements February 25, 2015
20160217 Directive 007-1 Allowables Handbook. Guidelines for the calculation of monthly production allowables in Alberta. February 17, 2016
20131209 Directive 008 Surface Casing Depth Requirements December 09, 2013
19900701 Directive 009 Casing Cementing Minimum Requirements July 01, 1990
20091222 Directive 010 Minimum Casing Design Requirements December 22, 2009
20150331 Directive 011 Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program - Updated Industry Parameters and Liability Costs March 31, 2015
20181206 Directive 013 Suspension Requirements for Wells December 06, 2018
20181213 Directive 017 Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations December 13, 2018
20181206 Directive 020 Well Abandonment December 06, 2018
19910901 Directive 023 Guidelines Respecting an Application for a Commercial Crude Bitumen Recovery and Upgrading Project September 01, 1991
20090915 Directive 024 Large Facility Liability Management Program September 15, 2009
20050922 Directive 026 Setback Requirements for Oil Effluent Pipelines September 22, 2005
20060201 Directive 030 Digital Data Submission of the Annual Oilfield Waste Disposition Report February 01, 2006
20131130 Directive 031 REDA Energy Cost Claims November 30, 2013
19831101 Directive 032 Common Gas Purchaser and Related Matters, Board Policy and Views November 01, 1983
20070724 Directive 033 Well Servicing and Completions Operations - Interim Requirement Regarding the Potential for Explosive Mixtures and Ignition in Wells July 24, 2007
19790901 Directive 034 Gas Well Testing, Theory and Practice September 01, 1979
20060508 Directive 035 Baseline Water Well Testing Requirement for Coalbed Methane Wells Completed Above the Base of Groundwater Protection May 08, 2006
20190314 Directive 036 Drilling Blowout Prevention Requirements and Procedures March 14, 2019
20060216 Directive 037 Service Rig Inspection Manual February 16, 2006
20180131 Directive 037 (Addendum) Well Control and Well Blowout Prevention Training January 31, 2018
20070216 Directive 038 Noise Control February 16, 2007
20180619 Directive 039 Revised Program to Reduce Benzene Emissions from Glycol Dehydrators June 19, 2018
20130208 Directive 040 Pressure and Deliverability Testing Oil and Gas Wells February 08, 2013
20060906 Directive 042 Measurement, Accounting, and Reporting Plan (MARP) Requirements for Thermal Bitumen Schemes September 06, 2006
20110714 Directive 044 Requirements for Surveillance, Sampling, and Analysis of Water Production in Hydrocarbon Wells Completed Above the Base of Groundwater Protection July 14, 2011
20030101 Directive 046 Production Audit Handbook January 01, 2003
20130404 Directive 047 Waste Reporting Requirements for Oilfield Waste Management Facilities April 04, 2013
20160715 Directive 050 Drilling Waste Management July 15, 2016
19940301 Directive 051 Injection and Disposal Wells – Well Classifications, Completions, Logging, and Testing Requirements March 01, 1994
20181011 Directive 054 Performance Presentations, Auditing, and Surveillance of In Situ Oil Sands Schemes October 11, 2018
20011201 Directive 055 Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry December 01, 2001
20111010 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 October 10, 2011
20181018 Directive 056 Energy Development Applications and Schedules October 18, 2018
20060201 Directive 058 Oilfield Waste Management Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry February 01, 2006
20150114 Directive 058 (Addendum) Oilfield Waste Management Facility Approvals—Notification and Amendment Procedures January 14, 2015
20180329 Directive 059 Well Drilling and Completion Data Filing Requirements March 29, 2018
20181213 Directive 060 Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting December 13, 2018
19830801 Directive 061 How to Apply for Government Approval of Coal Projects in Alberta August 01, 1983
20100401 Directive 062 Coalbed Methane Control Well Requirements and Related Matters April 01, 2010
20140409 Directive 065 Resources Applications for Oil and Gas Reservoirs April 09, 2014
20171206 Directive 067 Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals December 06, 2017
20100917 Directive 068 ERCB Security Deposits September 17, 2010
20170202 Directive 071 Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry February 02, 2017
20081217 Directive 073 Requirements for Inspection and Compliance of Oil Sands Mining and Processing Plant Operations in the Oil Sands Mining Area December 17, 2008
20090915 Directive 075 Oilfield Waste Liability (OWL) Program September 15, 2009
20120828 Directive 076 Operator Declaration Regarding Measurement and Reporting Requirements August 28, 2012
20111222 Directive 077 Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools December 22, 2011
20101203 Directive 078 Regulatory Application Process for Modifications to Commercial In Situ Oil Sands Projects December 03, 2010
20141128 Directive 079 Surface Development in Proximity to Abandoned Wells November 28, 2014
20140417 Directive 080 Well Logging April 17, 2014
20121121 Directive 081 Water Disposal Limits and Reporting Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes November 21, 2012
20130213 Directive 082 Operating Criteria: Resource Recovery Requirements for Oil Sands Mine and Processing Plant Operations February 13, 2013
20130521 Directive 083 Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity May 21, 2013
20180911 Directive 084 Requirements for Hydrocarbon Emission Controls and Gas Conservation in the Peace River Area September 11, 2018
20171012 Directive 085 Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects October 12, 2017
20161216 Directive 086 Reservoir Containment Application Requirements for Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage Projects in the Shallow Athabasca Oil Sands Area December 16, 2016
DateRaw Name Description Date
20130528 Directive 023 (Draft) Oil Sands Project Applications May 28, 2013
20190620 Directive 081 (Draft) Water Disposal Limits and Reporting Requirements for Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Schemes June 20, 2019
20190625 Directive XXX (Draft) Public Involvement June 25, 2019
DateRaw Name Description Date
20110418 Directive 004 Termination of Water Production at Gas Wells [Rescinded by Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations] April 18, 2011
20100901 Directive 019 Compliance Assurance [Rescinded by Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program] September 01, 2010
19921101 Directive 021 Standards for the Submission of Digital Log Data to the EUB [Rescinded by Directive 080: Well Logging] November 01, 1992
20100615 Directive 022 Use of Bimodal High-Density Polyethylene Pipe in Oil and Gas Service [Rescinded by Directive 077: Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools] June 15, 2010
20110513 Directive 025 Industrial Development Permit Applications to the ERCB - A Guide to Content [On May 13, 2011, the Energy Statutes Amendment Act, 2011 came into force. It repealed Sections 28 to 31 of the Coal Conservation Act, Section 43 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act, and Section 12 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act. These sections deal with industrial development permits. As a result of these amendments, the ERCB will no longer issue industrial development permits. All existing industrial development permits and all applications for industrial development permits are cancelled, and Directive 025 is no longer in effect.] May 13, 2011
20090814 Directive 027 Shallow Fracturing Operations-Restricted Operations [Rescinded & superseded by Directive 083: Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity] August 14, 2009
20030101 Directive 029 Energy and Utility Development Applications and the Hearing Process January 01, 2003
20110321 Directive 041 Adoption of CSA Z662-03, Annex N, as Mandatory [Rescinded by Directive 077: Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools] March 21, 2011
20061101 Directive 043 Well Logging Requirements-Surface Casing Interval [Rescinded by Directive 080: Well Logging] November 01, 2006
20120501 Directive 045 Digital Data Submission of Drilling Waste Disposal Notification [Rescinded by Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management] May 01, 2012
20150526 Directive 048 Monthly Custom Treating Plant Statement [Rescinded by Manual 011: How to Submit Volumetric Data to the AER] May 26, 2015
20091022 Directive 049 Gas Density Measurement Frequency (Orifice Meters) [Rescinded by Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations] October 22, 2009
20110223 Directive 057 Fencing and Site Access Requirements for Oil and Gas [Rescinded by Bulletin 2011-04] February 23, 2011
20110101 Directive 063 Requirements and Procedures for Oilfield Waste Management Facilities [Rescinded by Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections] January 01, 2011
20110101 Directive 064 Requirements and Procedures for Facilities [Rescinded by Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections] January 01, 2011
20110309 Directive 066 Requirements and Procedures for Pipelines [Rescinded by Manual 005: Pipeline Inspections] March 09, 2011
20130101 Directive 070 Drilling Waste Disposal Inspection Manual [Rescinded by Manual 002: Drilling Waste Inspections] January 01, 2013
20081216 Directive 072 Well Abandonment Notification Requirements [Rescinded by Directive 020: Well Abandonment] December 16, 2008
20160714 Directive 074 Tailings Performance Criteria and Requirements for Oil Sands Mining Schemes [Rescinded by Directive 085: Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects] July 14, 2016
Raw Date Number Name Status Date
20030130 ID 2003-01 1) Isolation Packer Testing, Reporting, and Repair Requirements; 2) Surface Casing Venting Flow/Gas Migration Testing, Reporting, and Repair Requirements; 3) Casing Failure Reporting and Repair Requirements

In Effect

January 30, 2003
20010829 ID 2001-03 Sulphur Recovery Guidelines for the Province of Alberta

In Effect

August 29, 2001
20000619 ID 2000-04 An Update to the Requirements for the Appropriate Management of Oilfield Wastes

In Effect

June 19, 2000
20000531 ID 2000-03 Harmonization of Waste Management and Memorandum of Understanding Between the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board and Alberta Environment

In Effect

May 31, 2000
19990422 ID 99-04 Deposition of Oilfield Waste into Landfills

In Effect

April 22, 1999
20030722 ID 99-01 Gas/Bitumen Production in Oil Sands Areas – Application, Notification and Drilling Requirements [includes all 4 amendments]

In Effect - Maps released with this version have been superseded by ID 99-01 Third Amendment dated November 28, 2000

July 22, 2003
19961122 ID 96-03 Oilfield Waste Management Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry

In Effect

November 22, 1996
19960116 ID 96-01 Hay-Zama Lake Complex - Special Requirements

In Effect

January 16, 1996
19940808 ID 94-05 Consolidation of Regulations for Off-Target Penalty Determination

In Effect

August 08, 1994
19940308 ID 94-02 Revisions to Oil & Gas Well Spacing Administration

In Effect

March 08, 1994
19910328 ID 91-03 Heavy Oil/Oil Sands Operations

In Effect. Sections have been revised or rescinded by Directive 017, February 2005 edition, and Directive 060, April 2014 edition (see Bulletin 2014-013), and amended by Directive 036, June 2004 edition

March 28, 1991
19900601 ID 90-01 Completion and Servicing of Sour Wells

In Effect [Section 3 has been RESCINDED by Guide 71, June 2003 - now Directive 071]

June 01, 1990
19811216 ID 81-03 Minimum Distance Requirements Separation New Sour Gas Facilities from Residential and Other Developments

AMENDED BY ID 96-02. Appendix 3 was replaced by the requirements identified in Guide 56which was rescinded by Guide 56 in 2003 and ID 97-06]

December 16, 1981