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Directive 083: Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity

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Release Date: May 21, 2013

Purpose of this Directive

This directive sets out the requirements for managing subsurface integrity associated with hydraulic fracturing subsurface operations, including requirements to prevent loss of wellbore integrity, manage well control at an offset well, and prevent surface impacts and impacts to nonsaline aquifers and water wells.

This directive does not apply to thermal wells. Appendix 2 in this directive lists other requirements not dealt with in this directive.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (January 2016) [PDF]

Stakeholder Feedback and ERCB Responses for Directive 083 (May 2013) [PDF]

Effective August 21, 2013, industry is required, under Directive 083: Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity, to submit the hydraulic fracturing notification form. Save a copy of the submission form provided in the link below, complete it, and email it to the appropriate AER field centre.

Bonnyville Field Centre: Bonnyville.FieldCentre@aer.ca 
Drayton Valley Field Centre: DraytonValley.FieldCentre@aer.ca 
Fort McMurray Field Centre: Fort.McMurray@aer.ca 
Grande Prairie Field Centre: GrandePrairie.FieldCentre@aer.ca 
Medicine Hat Field Centre: MedicineHat.FieldCentre@aer.ca 
Midnapore Field Centre: Midnapore.FieldCentre@aer.ca 
Red Deer Field Centre: RedDeer.FieldCentre@aer.ca 
Slave Lake Field Centre: SlaveLake.FieldCentre@aer.ca 
St. Albert Field Centre: StAlbert.FieldCentre@aer.ca 
Wainwright Field Centre: Wainwright.FieldCentre@aer.ca

Please note: Industry is also required to submit hydraulic fracturing notifications through the AER DDS system using the field surveillance notification option.

Hydraulic fracturing notification submission form [XLSX]

Subject well licensees must immediately notify the appropriate AER field centre of a communication event (including pressure pulses) with an offset well, a non-saline aquifer, or a water well.

Each well and facility licensee involved (the subject well and any impacted wells and/or facilities) must complete the hydraulic fracturing inter-wellbore communication event spreadsheet. The spreadsheet must be emailed to the Hydraulic Fracturing Administrator at HF_Notification@aer.ca. Questions about the spreadsheet are to be directed to the Hydraulic Fracturing Administrator.

Hydraulic Fracturing Communication Event Form [XLS]