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Optional Process for Submitting Fluid Disposal Applications

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Release Date: Aug 27, 2018

As part of our ongoing evaluation of our regulatory performance, we have decided that operators may apply to dispose of Class I, II, or III fluids in an underground formation through a well before the disposal well is drilled. This is an optional two-step application process that provides operators with information on the conditions of their approval before an investment is made in drilling the disposal well and constructing associated surface facilities. Operators choosing not to use this application process must use the regular fluid disposal application processunder Directive 065: Resources Applications for Oil and Gas Reservoirs, which requires the disposal well to be drilled before application.

For further details about this optional process, please refer to the application process guidelines for Class I, II, and III fluid disposal applications located through our “Application Processes” page on our website, www.aer.ca.

All fluid disposal applications submitted under this process will still be reviewed using the same assessment criteria as applications submitted under the regular Directive 065 application process, and all other existing rules and regulations will apply.

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Mark Taylor
Executive Vice President
Operations Division