November 2019
Reminder: Mandatory Pressure Submission

Annual pressure surveys, observation well pressures, etc. are due at the end of the year and pressures for off-target/gas allowables were due on November 1, 2019.

Operators have to make sure that all necessary pressure tests are taken and submitted as required into the well test capture system to avoid the $1,000 administrative penalty per well. 
Well Testing Services at Benoit
To support Benoit's regulatory application and compliance related submissions, Benoit now utilizes an in-house well test analysis expert, Mr. Reza Ali, C.E.T.

Mr. Ali has over 30 years of experience specializing in domestic and international Flow and Build-Up, Production Data and DFIT Analyses. 

If you would like a well test analyzed or if you would simply like more information on our well testing services, please feel free to contact Robyn (at 403.263.3690) or Jason (at 403.874.6769). You may also contact R eza Ali directly at 403.454.0430.

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
  • Monthly VRR calculations/updates for Enhanced Recovery Schemes

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

AER Bulletin 2019-24: Revised Date for Move of New Well Applications to OneStop 

On October 18, 2019, the AER announced, that effective November 7, 2019, all applications for new well licences must be submitted through OneStop.The Digital Data Submission (DDS) system will stop accepting new well applications as of 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2019, as a result of this transition to OneStop. A OneStop outage will be scheduled to implement the requisite changes.

A copy of Bulletin 2019-24 can be found here.

The OneStop: Wells Information Presentation on the AER YouTube channel, can be found here.

AER Bulletin 2019-27: Compliance and Enforcement Program

On November 6, 2019, the AER released a new edition of Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program . This manual provides details on how the AER administers compliance assurance, and it guides AER staff in the development and execution of compliance processes and procedures.   

A copy of Bulletin 2019-27 can be found here.

Alberta Energy Information Letter 2019-37: Authorization to conduct disposal operations in undisposed Crown mineral rights that subsequently become disposed  

On October 31, 2019, Alberta Energy announced an update to Crown Mineral Information Bulletin 2019-01.

There may be instances where a person holds a Crown authorization to conduct disposal operations in undisposed Crown mineral rights and subsequently, all or part of the same Crown mineral rights are disposed under a Crown mineral agreement issued to another person. In these instances, Alberta Energy considers the Crown authorization, if it has not since been terminated, to remain effective. The Crown mineral agreement lessee’s consent or permission is not required for the Crown authorization holder’s operations to continue or for any associated application by the Crown authorization holder to the Alberta Energy Regulator. 

A copy of Information Letter 2019-37 can be found here.

Alberta Energy Information Letter 2019-38: Special Production Allowance
On November 1, 2019, Alberta Energy has added a Special Production Allowance (SPA) under the Curtailment Rules (Alberta Regulation 214/2018).

For more details a copy of Information Letter 2019-38 can be found here.
SK: Reminder to All Enhanced Oil Recovery Operators  
On October 1, 2019, the Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) released a reminder that all operators must file their EOR Operator's Return "Estimate" for the 2020 royalty/taxation year by November 30, 2019 using the new online self-service module.

The June 5, 2019, IRIS release included an online self- service module for the filing of EOR Operator's Returns. Five new permissions are required for the module so please contact your Security Administrator to ensure that the new permissions have been added to your User Profile. Training sessions are planned for the week of October 21, 2019 for EOR Operator's that are interested.

Please email if you are interested to set up a date and time. 

SK: 2018-19 Administrative Levy Annual Report  
On November 5, 2019, the Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) posted the Administrative Levy Report, which details levy administration and regulatory performance indicators for 2018-19.

A copy of 2018-19 Administrative Levy Report can be found here .

SK: Bulletin 2019-014: IRIS Online Training Modules

On November 1, 2019, The Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) announced the launch of the new Integrated Resources Information System (IRIS) online training courses which are available on a new website User Learning Centre on

A copy of Bulletin 2019-014 can be found here.

BCOGC Industry Bulletin 2019-21: Commission Introduces New Leak Detection and Repair Data Collection Template 

On October 29, 2019, the BCOGC released a new Leak Detection and Repair Data Collection Template as a complement to its Fugitive Emissions Management Guideline. Both the template and the guideline are intended to support the new leak detection and repair requirements of the Drilling and Production Regulation that will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

A copy of the updated Industry Bulletin 2019-21 can be found here.   

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