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The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is introducing the inactive well compliance program (IWCP) to address a growing inventory of inactive wells in Alberta and increase the AER’s surveillance and compliance efforts under Directive 013: Suspension Requirements for Wells. This program applies to all inactive wells that are noncompliant with Directive 013 as of April 1, 2015. The objective of this program is to bring all inactive noncompliant wells under the program into compliance with Directive 013 requirements within five years. After April 1, 2015, all inactive wells that are not part of the program will be required to meet the requirements and timeframes of Directive 013.
Directive 013 became effective on December 1, 2004. It was designed to reduce the impacts of a growing number of inactive wells on the public, the environment, resource development, and the reputation of the AER and the industry. Directive 013 identifies suspension, monitoring, and reporting requirements for all inactive wells in Alberta.
Under the AER’s Compliance Assurance Program, self-disclosures or extensions pertaining to IWCP and Directive 013 requirements will not be accepted.
Any existing wellbore integrity issues, such as surface casing vent flows (SCVF), gas migration (GM), and casing failures must be addressed in accordance with AER Interim Directive 2003-01: 1) Isolation Packer Testing, Reporting, and Repair Requirements; 2) Surface Casing Venting Flow/Gas Migration Testing, Reporting, and Repair Requirements; 3) Casing Failure Reporting and Repair Requirements.
The AER will be hosting information sessions on the IWCP between July and October 2014 .
To receive regular updates on the IWCP, including the release date of the Inactive Well Licence List, send your e-mail address to the AER’s IWCP team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the compliance assurance and surveillance efforts, effective March 5, 2015, the AER is no longer responding to Directive 013 and Inactive Well Compliance Program questions by e-mail or by telephone. All 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 must be addressed through the ongoing preregistered information sessions.
Each session will provide an opportunity to ask questions and will include an overview of the following:
Q&A sessions are available in the online and in-house formats.
Inactive Well Compliance Program
The inactive well compliance program completed its first year of a five year program on March 31, 2016. The program will bring into compliance a backlog of inactive wells that did not meet requirements in Directive 013. The IWCP Year One Final Report summarizes the overall progress of the program. Licensee specific compliance for year one and the target quotas for year two are available in (spreadsheet form) the IWCP Annual Target Quota and Progress Report.
Directive 013 and Inactive Well Compliance Program FAQs [PDF] (updated March 11, 2016)