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Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry

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Release Date: February 02, 2017
Replaces the previous edition released on November 09, 2009.
Released with Bulletin 2017-03.

Purpose of this Directive

This directive is divided into two parts.

Part A sets out planning requirements for emergency response plan (ERP) development that licensees are required to meet in order to gain AER approval for the ERP. Part A also contains the requirements for a corporate-level ERP.

Part B sets out the requirements that licensees are required to meet in order to effectively implement their plans and respond to an incident or emergency. Part B will be assessed through the AER’s Emergency Response Assessment Program, exercise involvement, post-incident investigations, and field inspections.

If further information is required after reviewing the directive and associated frequently asked questions, contact the AER’s Customer Contact Centre.

What's New
Feb 02, 2017 Released updated Directive 071 along with Bulletin 2017-03 and ERP Application form
Mar 22, 2016 In the directive, a line has been drawn through any text referring to Directive 019 or related information
Oct 16, 2012 Bulletin 2012-21: Invitation for Feedback - Revisions to draft Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements
Oct 17, 2011 First Call form added to Directive 071 Tools
Feb 08, 2011 Finalized ERCBH2S Version 1.20 is available for download. See ERCBH2S Model - Calculating Emergency Response and Planning Zones for Sour Wells and Sour Pipelines (pursuant to Directive 071)
Dec 22, 2010 Bulletin 2010-48: Adoption of ERCBH2S Version 1.20, Clarification of Consultation Between Licensee and Local Authorities, and Deferral of Revised Edition of Directive 071

Directive 071 (2005 edition)

I. Directive 071 Tools

First Call Communication (updated August 2015)

Emergency Response Plan Registration Matrix 
(January 2011) designed to assist applicants in determining registration, application form, and ERCBH2S requirements in accordance with the respective version of Directive 071 the plan is written to

ERP Application Form
(February 2017) application form for companies submitting ERPs under Directive 071

February 8, 2011 - Finalized ERCBH2S Version 1.20 is available for download. See ERCBH2S Model - Calculating Emergency Response and Planning Zones for Sour Wells and Sour Pipelines (pursuant to Directive 071)

II. Other Supporting Documents and Webpages

Directive 071: Risk Assessment Matrix for Classifying Incidents [PDF Version]

Public Safety and Sour Gas: Final Report

Directive 071 FAQs [PDF] (January 2011)

ERCBH2S FAQs  [PDF] (January 2011)

ERCBH2S – Calculating Emergency Response and Planning Zones for Sour Wells and Sour Pipelines (pursuant to Directive 071)

Current Status

Updated ERCBH2S_V120_setup.exe installation package - February 8, 2011

a) Re-compiled the application-level add-in for Microsoft Office Excel to resolve a crash issue on Windows XP / MS Office 2000.
b) Removed warning message for operation of ERCBH2S Application with Excel 2007 and Excel 2010

For the users who run the ERCBH2S Application with Excel 2000, 2007, or 2010, please re-download the ERCBH2S_V120_setup.exe file and re-install the software in your computer. For the other users who run the ERCBH2S Application with Excel 2003, there is no need to re-download the installation package.

Finalized ERCBH2S Version 1.20 is available - December 22, 2010 

In Bulletin 2010-48 the ERCB announced the release of ERCBH2S version 1.20 This version and the technical support documentation are available using the links below. Effective immediately, Version 1.20 must be used on all ERPs submitted for new developments and operations.

Updated ERCBH2S Version 1.19 and Version 1.20 available - November 24, 2009
As per Bulletin 2009-41, the ERCB announces the release of updated Versions of ERCBH2S (Version 1.19 and Version 1.20 Beta), available on the ERCB Web site page for Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry. A full installation package for the updated Versions 1.19 and 1.20 Beta is available below. For more information about the updated ERCBH2S model please refer to Bulletin 2009-41.

Directive 071 – Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry includes a requirement for applicants to use the ERCBH2S computer software for calculating emergency response and planning zones.

ERCBH2S, its user guide and other associated documents are available below.

New Version of ERCBH2S Available for Testing and Feedback and Implementation Plan for Directive 071 - October 1, 2009

The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) announces the release of an updated version of ERCBH2S (Version 1.20 Beta), available on the ERCB Web site page for Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry for testing until November 13. Feedback is requested to be sent by e-mail to directive071@ercb.ca. A finalized Version 1.20 will be released after feedback has been assessed.

In addition, the ERCB has released EnerFAQs 13: Emergency Response Preparedness in the Energy Industry, which is available on the ERCB Web site www.ercb.ca, as well as in print from Information Services, 640 – 5 Avenue SW, main floor; telephone: 403-297-8311; fax: 403-297-7040;
e-mail: infoservices@ercb.ca.

A new draft of Directive 071 is expected to be released for stakeholder comment in early 2010.Once the 2010 edition of Directive 071 is finalized and issued, existing sour production facilities currently operating under the 2005 edition of Directive 071 must revise and submit required emergency response plans (ERPs) to the ERCB’s Emergency Planning and Assessment section within two years of date of issuance.

For more information on the release of the ERCB H2S model, please refer to Bulletin 2009-32 and its attachments.

Companies may use Version 1.20 Beta to calculate EPZ sizes and create ERPs. However, the results must be verified by the finalized Version 1.20 when it is released, and any changes to EPZ sizes identified must be revised in the ERP.

Important Notice Concerning ERCBH2S – July 3, 2008

The ERCB has released a revised version of the ERCBH2S program, along with an updated Technical Reference Document and User Guide. All ERCB submissions must be made using the most current version of the software. Program changes are identified in a file titled ‘What’s New’ available with the new program. 

Users are strongly encouraged to keep all existing modelling scenarios as ERCBH2S export files (.csv format) using the batch file export process exactly as described in Chapter 3 or Chapter 8 of the ERCBH2S User Guide. If users made use of the blank ‘Notes’ page in ERCBH2S and wish to retain these notes, the pages must be saved separately. The ERCBH2S batch export process does not save this information as part of the .csv file.

When using a new version of ERCBH2S, existing scenarios (properly saved as ERCBH2S export files) can be imported to a blank Batch page in the new version. ‘Reading’ these scenarios to the new Inputs page will reveal any fields with missing or invalid user entries. This must be done prior to activating the ‘Calculate EPZ’ or ‘Batch Calculate EPZ’ program command in the new version. Note that because a new row/column has been added for the liquid well H2S release rate, copying and pasting existing spreadsheets for input to the new version is not recommended. Instead utilize the batch export/import process discussed earlier in this message.

Calculation results imported from previous versions of ERCBH2S are not valid until they have been verified by ‘re-running’ the inputs through the new version.

ERCBH2S Calculating Emergency and Response Planning Zones for Sour Wells and Sour Pipelines

ERCBH2S installation software containing ERCBSlab and ERCBFlash applications

The ERCBH2S Model and its support documents may be updated from time to time on the ERCB’s website. Checking the version numbers and update dates currently shown on the ERCB’s website against the version you are using.

Version 1.20 must be used on all ERPs submitted for new development. Should larger EPZs be adopted for ERP development, the CSV files exported from the Version 1.20 must still be submitted with ERP application.

ERCBH2S_V120_setup.exe
~ 8.73 MB

Step 1: Download and install the ERCBH2S_V120_setup.exe in your computer
Step 2: Select Programs-> ERCBModels -> ERCBH2S -> ERCBH2S.xla
Step 3: Select Programs -> ERCBModels -> ERCBH2S -> ERCBH2S_inputs (V120).xls

ERCBH2S_Inputs_V_119_Update.xls
~2.89 MB

Step 1: Download and install the ERCBH2S_V120_setup.exe in your computer
Step 2: Download and save the ERCBH2S_Inputs_V_119_Update.xls in your computer
Step 3: Select Programs -> ERCBModels -> ERCBH2S -> ERCBH2S.xla
Step 4: Open the ERCBH2S_Inputs_V_119_Update.xls

 

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