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Release of New Subsoil Salinity Tool Assessment Checklist

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Release Date: May 13, 2016

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has implemented a new process for accepting Subsoil Salinity Tool (SST) assessments for review. As part of this change, the AER has created the Subsoil Salinity Tool Assessment Checklist. Effective immediately, companies are to include this checklist with their SST assessment submission to the AER. The checklist is available on the AER website,, under Abandonment & Reclamation > Reclamation & Remediation > Upstream Oil and Gas Reclamation & Remediation Program.

Deficiencies in SST assessments affect the AER’s ability to review them in a timely manner. This checklist covers the minimum information that must be included in an SST assessment and should decrease the number of deficient SST assessments that the AER receives. Upon reviewing an SST assessment that meets the minimum information requirements, the AER may require additional information.

If deficiencies are identified in an SST assessment, the SST assessment will be rejected. The AER will notify the filer via e-mail of the deficiencies and SST assessment rejection.

This process is effective immediately. All SST assessments submitted before May 13, 2016, will be reviewed; however, if more than two deficiencies are found the assessment will be rejected. The AER recommends that industry assess any SST assessments previously submitted for review and, if deficiencies are found, withdraw the assessments and resubmit them following the checklist.

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Jil Macdonald
Vice President
Closure & Liability Branch