November 2017
Bulletin 2017-16: Cardium Disposal Schemes in the Elmworth Field
On October 10, 2017 the AER issued Bulletin 2017-16 which outlines the conditions (wellhead pressure monitoring, initial pressure testing, etc.) that may be implemented by the AER on Cardium disposal schemes within the Elmworth Field. 

For more information on these potential conditions, please click here.

AER Legacy Email Addresses: Decommissioned
Please note that the legacy email domains eub.ca and ercb.ca for the AER have been decommissioned. They no longer work....so ensure that you're sending emails using the appropriate domain!
Bulletin 2017-18: Implementation of Pipeline Amendments Using OneStop 
As of November 6, 2017, all pipeline amendment applications must be submitted through the new AER "OneStop" DDS process. These applications can no longer be submitted using the EAS system.

However, please note that Partial Substance Change Applications for pipeline amendments are not yet covered under OneStop (see Bulletin 2017-20). These applications must be emailed to PipelineOperations@aer.ca .

 For more information on this process change, please click here.
SME: Directive PNG025 - Licensee Liability Rating Program
On October 1, 2017, SME released a draft Directive outlining its LLR equation, liability costs and unassessed and designated problem site processes.

A copy of the draft Directive can be found here.

Benoit has developed a workflow to help operators assess, forecast and amend their LMR. After an assessment has been conducted, Benoit provides clients with an LMR audit package which can include the following information:

  • Corroboration of the regulator’s LMR calculation
  • 12-month forecast of your company’s LMR
  • Assessment of the potential impact of an acquisition or divestiture
  • Discussion of any LMR strategies to mitigate security deposits
  • Geological review of a well or area, and a summary of recommendations to increase your company’s deemed assets
  • Review of your company’s land and regulatory approvals to ensure a favourable outcome for the LMR plan

If you would like to discuss your options and understand how Benoit can help, please contact us or visit the LMR page on our website.
SME: Shadow Billing Period Extended for Well Data Submissions
On October 24th, 2017, SME again extended the shadow billing period for any unfulfilled oil and gas well data submission obligations until early 2018.
 
A copy of the Industry Tip can be found here.
Bulletin 2017-19: New Authorizations Process for Alberta Wetland Policy
Effective January 2, 2018, projects that will have permanent or temporary impacts on wetlands will contain approval conditions related to this policy.
 
A copy of the bulletin can be found here.
Integrated Compliance Management Program (ICMP) at Benoit

Did you know that Benoit provides a service which covers our regulatory application, liability management ratio and evaluation services under one umbrella?

Under this program, Benoit acts as a “regulatory arm” for your company by receiving and responding to all compliance related matters on your company’s behalf.

As your regulatory designate, in addition to our regulatory application service, Benoit conducts a number of additional services including, but not limited to:

  • Inactive Well Compliance Program Monitoring
  • Liability Management Rating Forecasting
  • DDS Entry for Well/Completion Details
  • Flaring Notifications
  • Well Test Data Submissions
  • Gas Conservation Economic Analyses

If you're interested in this service or would like to discuss this further, please contact us or visit our website for more information.
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