Modifications to Existing Oilfield Waste Management Facilities

 

Modifications to Existing Oilfield Waste Management Facilities

An application to modify an existing oilfield waste management facility is required in accordance with section 15.212 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Rules. Additional approval from the AER or other government agencies may also be required when modifying an oilfield waste management facility. The following outlines the process to follow to modify an existing oilfield waste management facility. It contains links to relevant application submission procedures and guidance documents.

Application Submission

The applicant will submit its notification or amendment application through electronic applications submission (EAS). Notification and amendment applications are registered using the Integrated Application Registry (IAR), and all material related to a notification or amendment application is stored within this system.

With submission of the notification or amendment application, the approval holder acknowledges that all information, except for monetary information or personal information, relating to the proposed facility is no longer confidential.

Review Process for Modifications to Existing Oilfield Waste Management Facilities

After the notification or amendment application is submitted through Digital Data Submission (DDS) and received, the following application processes will take place:

  • All notifications and amendment applications will be published on the Public Notice of Application page on the AER website to encourage public participation in the approval process.
  • Anyone who could potentially be affected by proposed modifications to the existing oilfield waste management facility may request a public hearing before a decision is made on an application to modify an oilfield waste management facility.
  • The notification or amendment application will be assigned to a processor and reviewed for administrative completeness. The processor will either recommend that an information-deficient notification or amendment application be closed (proceed to item 11 below) or proceed with a full technical review of the administratively complete notification or amendment application.
  • The processor will do an internal check to determine whether the facility that is the subject of the notification or amendment application is within the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan or South Saskatchewan Regional Plan areas. If the facility is not in one of these areas, the notification or amendment application will go for leadership review.
  • The notification or amendment application may be referred to additional AER sections or branches for specific technical reviews.
  • The review will focus on the siting conditions, techniques used to manage oilfield waste and their residuals, storage devices to be used, facility operations and layout, environmental monitoring systems (soil and groundwater), and resource conservation.
  • The applicant may receive a request for more information called a supplemental information request if needed.
  • For notifications under Directive 058 – Addendum 2015-01-14,an authorization e-mail will be prepared for technically complete notifications once the review is completed (including posting the required financial security, if applicable). If the notification is uncontested, the processor will recommend that it be authorized or closed. The waste management approval will not be amended to reflect the authorized notification. The notification will be included in the next approval amendment.
  • For amendment applications, a draft amended waste management approval will be prepared for technically complete applications once the review is complete (including posting the required financial security). If the amendment is uncontested, the processor will recommend that it be approved or closed. The Waste and Storage Section signing authority will then make a decision on the application and technical recommendation.
  • Once a notification or amendment is issued, the applicant will receive a link to the oilfield waste management approval, which can be accessed for 30 days through the IAR. Go to www.aer.ca under Systems & Tools for access.
  • If the processor recommends the application for denial, the application will be referred to the director for a final determination. If an application is denied, the applicant can file an appeal through the current AER appeal process.
  • Some decisions on the application can be appealed by eligible persons under the Responsible Energy Development Act. The filing requirements for a request for regulatory appeal, including form, content, and time limits, are set out in section 30 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice. The procedures for regulatory appeals are described in sections 30 through 33.

Application Timelines

The processing time for a notification is 15 business days, and the AER aims to meet this target 90 per cent of the time.

The processing time for an amendment application is 100 days, and the AER aims to meet this target 90 per cent of the time.