Directive 060: Nonroutine Flaring and Excess Volume
Operational authorizations are secondary approvals granted to operating wells, facilities, and pipelines. These requests may be due to unforeseen issues or events that could not be predicted during the submission of the licence application.
Operational authorizations under Directive 060 may include requests for approvals, waivers, extensions, or regulatory variances for the following activities:
The following outlines the critical information requirements and the process to follow to obtain an operational authorization under Directive 060. It contains links to relevant application submission procedures and guidance documents.
All operational authorizations under Directive 060 are submitted to the following e-mail address:
Operational authorizations should not be submitted to AER field centres unless an emergency situation exists.
Applicants are required to identify the company name, type of request, and location in the subject line of the e-mail communication; for example:
XYZ Oil & Gas, Excess Volume for Multi-stage Fracturing, 01-01-001-01W4M
Submissions that do not identify the type of request in this manner will be closed without further review.
Operational authorizations under Directive 060 must be submitted at least 15 business days (unless otherwise specified) in advance of the need, with the exception of emergency requests.
Submissions are routed to the appropriate subject matter expert based on the type of request.
Upon receipt at the AER, the submission is reviewed initially for administrative completeness. This part of the review ensures that the mandatory documents required to support a nonroutine flaring, excess volume, or variance request have been attached and are relevant.
The mandatory documents are outlined in the applicable technical checklist. Applicants may include additional attachments to help in the decision-making process.
A detailed technical review is conducted to ensure that the information submitted supports the nonroutine flaring or excess volume request. Depending on the type of request, it may be necessary for staff to engage other AER experts through an internal referral process. Such referrals may extend the time required to process the request.
During the review, it may be necessary to ask the applicant for more information to clarify the request. If more information is required, a supplemental information request (SIR) is sent to the applicant by e-mail with a submission deadline of three business days. An application may be closed if the SIR response is not received within the specified time frame, if the minimum information described above is not submitted, or if the mitigation proposed in support of the request is not acceptable. The applicant will be notified by e-mail of the decision. The application may be resubmitted upon receipt of the closure notice.
If the application is technically complete and an assessment of the risks associated with the request are deemed to be acceptable, an approval letter will be sent to the applicant by e-mail.
Nonroutine flaring and excess volume requests: 7 business days