Resolution 181495

Last updated: 28 February 2020

The goal of this resolution is to maximize recovery and avoid waste of hydrocarbons.

Purview is in the Ministry of Mines and Energy. Article 12 requires permits for perforating a well. These permits can be suspended or revoked for noncompliance (Art 14).

Article 52 prohibits the burning or waste of gas, with exceptions for safety and when the gas is uneconomic to recover (this needs to be justified to and approved by the Ministry). Reinjection, recycling, or sending to market are viable pathways.

(para 1) Reinjection must be pre-approved – using Form 21.

(para 2) Approval is not needed to do maintenance and repair work, but upsets and estimated volumes of flared gas must be reported

(para 3) The Ministry sets a volume and time limit on flared gas

(para 4) Operators have to pay royalties on flared and vented gas.

Article 53 Gas is considered "wasted" when it escapes storage; when production exceeds infrastructure capacity; when a new well reduces the pressure/possible recovery for a play; etc.

Article 64 authorizes sanctions for violations of the resolution, up to $5,000 USD.

Modifications to the resolution were made in Resolution 40048 of 2015.

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