Directive 083: Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Purpose of this Directive
This directive sets out the requirements for managing subsurface integrity associated with hydraulic fracturing subsurface operations, including requirements to prevent loss of wellbore integrity, manage well control at an offset well, and prevent surface impacts and impacts to nonsaline aquifers and water wells.
This directive does not apply to thermal wells. Appendix 2 in this directive lists other requirements not dealt with in this directive.
Frequently Asked Questions (January 2016) [PDF]
Stakeholder Feedback and ERCB Responses for Directive 083 (May 2013) [PDF]
Effective August 21, 2013, industry is required, under Directive 083: Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity, to submit the hydraulic fracturing notification form. Save a copy of the submission form provided in the link below, complete it, and email it to the appropriate AER field centre.
Bonnyville Field Centre: @email
Drayton Valley Field Centre: @email
Fort McMurray Field Centre: @email
Grande Prairie Field Centre: @email
Medicine Hat Field Centre: @email
Midnapore Field Centre: @email
Red Deer Field Centre: @email
Slave Lake Field Centre: @email
St. Albert Field Centre: @email
Wainwright Field Centre: @email
Please note: Industry is also required to submit hydraulic fracturing notifications through the AER DDS system using the field surveillance notification option.
Subject well licensees must immediately notify the appropriate AER field centre of a communication event (including pressure pulses) with an offset well, a non-saline aquifer, or a water well.
Each well and facility licensee involved (the subject well and any impacted wells and/or facilities) must complete the hydraulic fracturing inter-wellbore communication event spreadsheet. The spreadsheet must be emailed to the Hydraulic Fracturing Administrator at @email. Questions about the spreadsheet are to be directed to the Hydraulic Fracturing Administrator.