March 2018
AER Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating and Venting
On March 12, 2018, the AER released a revised version of Directive 060, effective March 29, 2018. 

A copy of the updated Directive 060 can be found here.  
AER Directive 059: Well Drilling and Completion Data Filing Requirements

On March 12, 2018, the AER issued Bulletin 2018-05 ,which outlines the process for submitting well drilling and completion data through OneStop.

As such, AER Directive 059 was also updated to reflect this new process. A copy of the updated Directive 059 can be found here.

In addition, the AER is hosting several information sessions which will cover the process for notification reports and submissions for pipeline construction as well as flaring and venting. To register for a session, please click here.
SME: Acid Gas Disposal, Geothermal and CO2 Storage Projects
As of March 28, 2018, Acid Gas Disposal, Geothermal and CO2 projects can now be submitted electronically through IRIS,

A copy of the SME industry tip is available here.
AER Bulletin 2018-03: Issuance of Subsurface Orders 1B and 3A
On February 23, 2018, the AER issued Bulletin 2018-03, which outlines the expansion of Subsurface Order No. 1A ( Montney-Lower Doig) and Subsurface Order No. 3 ( Duvernay).  

These subsurface orders remove all well density restrictions, set the target areas for both oil and gas drilling spacing units to 100 meters from the sides of the drilling spacing unit and removes any requirement for good production practice applications in the future (if applicable).

To take advantage of a subsurface order well density relaxation, both the existing holding/unit spacing as well as the underlying special drilling spacing unit must be rescinded. Please contact us if you would like to discuss these new AER orders and/or if you would like some help rescinding the existing spacing on your company’s lands.

We’d be happy to help!
LMR and IWCP Programs- There Are More Options Than Abandoning Wells!
A reminder that the deadline for retiring 20% of your wells in the IWCP is March 31, 2018. An updated IWCP compliance report will be made available on April 1, 2018 by the AER. This report will contain the remaining noncompliant inventory and the target quota for the upcoming year for each operator. Operators who have not retired 20% of their IWCP inventory in the second year of the program may be subject to enforcement action and/or penalties by the AER. 

An updated Inactive Well Compliance List is available here for download.

The AER's deemed liability of a well may help you decide which wells to bring into compliance this year, particularly if doing so can reduce your company's LMR security deposit, which may even result in a refund from the AER.

The IWCP and LMR programs should not be considered mutually exclusive. While a reduction of your company's IWCP inventory may seem costly, any reduction in your LMR security deposit, by either a reduction in the deemed liabilities or an increase in the deemed assets, will help offset the economic burden.

If you would like to discuss your LMR options and understand how Benoit can help, please contact us or visit the LMR page on our website
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