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Directive 035: Baseline Water Well Testing Requirement for Coalbed Methane Wells Completed Above the Base of Groundwater Protection

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Release Date: May 08, 2006

Purpose of this Directive

This directive details updates to well licence and recompletion requirements to help applicants and licensees meet requirements in the Alberta Environment and Parks’ (AEP) Standard for Baseline Water Well Testing for Coalbed Methane/Natural Gas in Coal Operations, which came into effect on May 1, 2006. Baseline water well testing is mandatory for companies wanting to drill a new well or complete or recomplete wells for the purpose of producing coalbed methane (CBM) above the base of groundwater protection (BGWP). The test data and analyses must be submitted to AEP and the landowner/occupant. The AEP standard currently only applies to the development of CBM above the BGWP.

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Directive 056 Help line phone: 403-297-4369
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