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Directive 083: Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity

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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.

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.

Hydraulic fracturing notification submission form [XLSX]

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.

Hydraulic Fracturing Communication Event Form [XLS]