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Directive 079: Surface Development in Proximity to Abandoned Wells

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Release Date: September 06, 2022

Effective Date: September 6, 2022
Replaces the previous edition released on November 28, 2014.

Purpose of this Directive

This directive has been prepared in support of the Subdivision and Development Regulation, which requires developers and property owners applying for a subdivision or development permit to identify the location of abandoned wells during planning and to appropriately address them in the proposed development.

Directive 079 sets out requirements specific to abandoned wells, such as setback distances and testing; provides guidance to ensure that abandoned wells are identified and appropriately located within subdivisions and developments; and details the protocol for locating and testing abandoned wells.

If after careful review of Directive 079, you have a specific question about abandoned well setback requirements, the responsibility of the licensee of abandoned wells, or the abandoned well locating and testing protocol, please email @email or contact the AER's Customer Contact Centre. If your question is about the Subdivision and Development Regulation amendment pertaining to abandoned wells or the responsibility of the proponent of a subdivision or development or the municipal approving authority, please contact your local municipality or Alberta Municipal Affairs.