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Directive 013: Suspension Requirements for Wells 

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Release Date: December 20, 2016
Released with Bulletin 2016-33.

Purpose of this Directive

This directive sets out suspension requirements 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 (welloperations@aer.ca). 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 second year of a five year program on March 31, 2017. 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 current 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.