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Directive 013: Suspension Requirements for Wells 

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Release date: October 25, 2018
Effective date: October 25, 2018
Replaces previous edition issued December 20, 2016
Released with Bulletin 2018-30.

Purpose of this Directive

This directive sets out suspension, inspection, and reactivation requirements for wells, as required under section 3.020 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Rules.

Note: Well status (set through Petrinex) and licence status (set through the Digital Data Submission system) should align. For a list of valid combinations, refer to the well/licence status matrix linked below.


Any questions related to Directive 013, the Inactive Well Compliance Program, the Inactive Well Licence List, and suspension submissions on the AER Digital Data Submission (DDS) system can be sent to the welloperations inbox ( Please read Directive 013Bulletin 2014-19, and related FAQs and make sure that your questions are not already answered in one of these documents since they will be deemed lower priority due to the high volume of emails received on a daily basis.

Inactive Well Compliance Program 

The inactive well compliance program completed its third year of a five year program on March 31, 2018. The program will bring into compliance a backlog of inactive wells that did not meet requirements in Directive 013. The IWCP Year Two Final Report summarizes the Year 2 progress of the program. The IWCP Year One Final Report is also available.

Licensee-specific compliances for year one, year two, year three and the target quotas for year four are available (in spreadsheet form) in the IWCP Annual Target Quota and Progress Report.

Digital Data Submission (DDS) system reporting

Inactive Well Licence List [XLS] (updated daily)*
*The Inactive Well Licence List has been updated to include all inactive wells in the province comprising of wells that are excluded for Directive 013 suspension requirements as well. The update also includes a column that helps users identify Medium Risk Type 6 Wells (low risk wells inactive longer than 10 years).

Well / Licence Status Matrix [XLS] (updated April 2012)

Directive 013 and Inactive Well Compliance Program FAQs [PDF] (updated March 11, 2016)