Alberta Municipal Affairs has introduced amendments to the Subdivision and Development Regulation (SDR), effective November 1st, 2012 that will require developers and property owners applying for a subdivision or development permit to identify the location of abandon wells during planning.
The purpose of Directive 079 will set out minimum setback requirements from abandon wells to surface structures and it will present important information to municipal officers, planners, development officers and applicants for subdivision or development approvals.
For the purpose of this directive, an abandon well is a well that has been abandon, plugged, cut and capped as required by ERCB Directive 020: Well Abandonment.
Directive 079 outlines that surface structures on top of an abandon well are not permitted an a minimum 5 m setback radius around the well must be maintained. Wells that previously were shallow and did not penetrate hydrocarbon-bearing formations may not require the 5 m setback.
Developers must incorporate the 5 m setback radius into their development plans. The ERCB has developed an Abandon Well Locating and Testing Protocol to provide industry with a consistent approach to locating, testing and confirming the status of the abandon well. Licensees must follow protocol when an abandon well is identified in proximity to existing or planned surface development.
PHH ARC can assist developers with a well file review and ensure the Abandon Well Locating and Testing Protocol is followed to ensure the application process is adhered to and in compliance with Directive 079.
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For full details regarding Directive 079 from the ERCB, click here: Directive 079