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Holding Industry Accountable

We inform industry about regulatory matters by offering formal education sessions, discussing the results of a field inspection with an operator, and working with companies to ensure that their applications meet our standards, to name a few ways. In addition to the guidance our directives and bulletins provide, this information helps companies meet our requirements and stay in compliance.

Here we share information for industry to learn more about certain AER requirements and what we expect for specific developments and activities.

More Opportunities for Industry to Learn

Our education programs and initiatives go beyond what is listed on this page. We offer many face-to-face sessions and presentations to companies throughout the year, such as

  • group operator awareness sessions,
  • presentations to individual companies, and
  • AER inspection training.

We announce upcoming information sessions and technical briefings on our Events page and through direct email communication with operators. To learn about other opportunities, please email inquiries@aer.ca.

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Note/Disclaimer: The following information is provided for guidance and summary purposes only and is not an exhaustive description of AER requirements relating to a given topic or subject area. Operators and licensees must at all times comply with, and should consult, all applicable AER requirements before undertaking any activity.

Description Learning resources Applicable directives and regulations
Air Emissions & Monitoring
Read about Methane Reduction, Emissions Reports and Studies, Important Topics and Flaring and Venting related to energy development.

Updates to Directive 060 and Directive 017 were released in December 2018. Three web-based learning modules were developed to help operators comply with the changes. They are:

  1. Volumetric Reporting
  2. Measurement, Monitoring, and Reporting
  3. Methane Reduction Retrofit Compliance Plan

Air Emissions Modules
(August 2019)

Directive 060:
Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting

Directive 17:
Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations

Manual 011:
How to Submit Volumetric Data to the AER

Manual 015:
Estimating Methane Emissions

Coal

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Coal Conservation Act

Coal Conservation Rules

Dam Safety

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Water (Ministerial) Regulation - Part 6 Dam and Canal Safety

Drilling Waste

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Directive 50:
Drilling Waste Management

This reference guide identifies the additional information required to submitting a drilling activity notification in DDS. Changes took effect on September 7, 2019.

Reference Guide for DDS Drilling Activity Notifications
(September 2019)

Manual 002:
Drilling Waste Inspections

Drilling, Well Servicing & Fracturing
Read about Coalbed Methane, Commingling, Control Wells, Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, Seismic Activity, and Well Testing related to energy development.

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Directive 008:
Surface Casing Depth Requirements

Directive 009:
Casing Cementing Minimum Requirements

Directive 010:
Minimum Casing Design Requirements

Directive 036:
Drilling Blowout Prevention Requirements and Procedures

Directive 059:
Well Drilling and Completion Data Filing Requirements

Directive 083:
Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity

Facility & Well Site (includes Sour Gas Plants & In Situ)
Read about In Situ Recovery, Sour Gas, and Sulphur Recovery related to energy development.

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Manual 001:
Facility and Well Site Inspections

Oil and Gas Conservation Act
Land & Wildlife

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Public Lands Act

Measurement & Data Quality Assurance

This presentation provides an overview of our Enhanced Production Audit Program (EPAP).

Production Audit Enhanced Production Audit Program
(June 2016)

Directive 007:
Volumetric and Infrastructure Requirements

Directive 017:
Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations

Directive 076:
Operator Declaration Regarding Measurement and Reporting Requirements

Manual 011:
How to Submit Volumetric Data to the AER
Oil Sands
Read about Oil Sands, Mining, and Oil Sands Development Requirements related to energy development.

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Oil Sands Conservation Act

Directive 073:
Requirements for Inspection and Compliance of Oil Sands Mining and Processing Plant Operations in the Oil Sands Mining Area

Directive 082:
Operating Criteria: Resource Recovery Requirements for Oil Sands Mine and Processing Plant Operations

Directive 085:
Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects
Pipeline

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Pipeline Act

Pipeline Rules

Directive 077:
Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools
Waste Management (includes storage)

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Directive 030:
Digital Data Submission of the Annual Oilfield Waste Disposition Report

Directive 047:
Waste Reporting Requirements for Oilfield Waste Management Facilities

Directive 050:
Drilling Waste Management

Directive 055:
Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry

Directive 055 (Addendum):
Interim Requirements for Aboveground Synthetically- Lined Wall Storage Systems, Updates to Liner Requirements, and Optional Diking Requirements for Single-Walled aboveground Storage Tanks

Directive 058:
Oilfield Waste Management Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry

Directive 058 (Addendum):
Oilfield Waste Management Facility Approvals—Notification and Amendment Procedures

Directive 075:
Oilfield Waste Liability (OWL) Program

ID 96-03:
Oilfield Waste Management Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry

ID 99-04:
Deposition of Oilfield Waste into Landfills

ID 2000-03:
Harmonization of Waste Management and Memorandum of Understanding Between the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board and Alberta Environment

ID 2000-04:
An Update to the Requirements for the Appropriate Management of Oilfield Wastes

The FAQ outlines our rules and requirements regarding the storage of materials produced, generated, or used on upstream petroleum sites.

Directive 050 FAQ
(August 2012)

The FAQs and the Oilfield Waste Form support the rules and requirements outlined in Directive 058.

Hydro Vac FAQ
(June 2018)

Directive 058 FAQ
(March 2015)

Oilfield Waste Form FAQ
(January 2015)

Oilfield Waste Form
(January 2015)

The FAQs, presentation, and report outlines our rules and requirements in Directive 055 regarding the storage of materials produced, generated, or used on upstream petroleum sites.

Directive 055 Presentation
(August 2012)

Directive 055 FAQ
(July 2011)

Report 2009A - Discussion Document on Directive 055
(July 2009)

Water & Fisheries
Read about Water use and Watercourse Crossing Management related to energy development.

This is a list of all the possible inspection results operators could see on the Inspection Detail Report in DDS following a site inspection.

Inspection Items
(coming soon)

Water Act

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act

Roadway Watercourse Crossing Remediation Directive

Information for operators to become involved in the inspection and remediation of watercourse crossings.

Information Package
(June 2019)

Description Learning resources Applicable directives and regulations
Compliance Assurance Program

This presentation describes our approach to compliance and enforcement, the Integrated Compliance Assurance Framework, and Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program.

AER Compliance and Enforcement Program
(February 2016)

Integrated Compliance Assurance Framework

Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program.

Read an overview of how we respond to incidents and emergencies related to energy development.

Description Learning resources Applicable directives and regulations
Emergency response overview

This presentation describes the AER’s expectations for emergency response.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Directive 071:
Emergency Preparedness

Release reporting requirements

The presentation, FAQ, and brochure on release reporting requirements describe our expectations on release/spill containment, reporting, clean up, and disposal requirements. These documents clarify the reporting process, AER jurisdiction for various types of releases, different methods for clean-up/disposal, and commonly asked questions.

Release Reporting Requirements brochure (June 2018)

Release Reporting presentation
(December 2015)

Release Reporting FAQ
(April 2017)

Release Reporting Definitions
(June 2019)

Release Reporting Form
(June 2019)

Proactive Procedures to Prevent Spills brochure
(August 2013)

 

Informational Letter IL 98-01: A Memorandum of Understanding Between Alberta Environmental Protection and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

Directive 058:
Oilfield Waste Management Requirements

Directive 071:
Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements

Informational Letter IL 98-02: Suspension, Abandonment, Decontamination, and Surface Land Reclamation of Upstream Oil and Gas Facilities

Oil and Gas Conservation Rules and Regulations

Description Learning resources
Digital Data Submission (DDS) system

This user guide helps industry use the DDS system to submit information to us via the Internet.

FIS Web User Guide