Monthly Archives: October 2015

Offset Frac Monitoring-Sensible Insurance

October 20, 2015 0 Comments

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The AER (Alberta’s Energy Regulator) introduced directive 83 in May of 2013 with a few purposes in mind; Protect well integrity from unintended frac communication, protect freshwater aquifers and avoid surface impacts.

The United States does not have the same guidelines as Canada to protect our people and the environment. Look at what happened in the state of North Dakota where an oil well about 15 miles south of White Earth exploded in Mountrail County, one of the country's most prolific oil producing regions, owned by Oasis Petroleum Inc., losing more than 67,000 gallons of oil, causing an affluent flow of the Missouri River.

Authorities believe it was caused by a hydraulic fracture in a nearby well resulting in the explosion of the neighboring well performing "communication" between them. The Helling Trust 11-15H well, which is more than 4 miles long, has produced almost 10 million gallons of oil since its launch in 2011, where many types of equipment arrived to clean the place and try to stop it Still dripping raw with a mixture of very thick mud.

Oasis tried different methods to try to have control of the well again which was not possible. Thanks to God, this time the explosion of the well did not throw oil through the skies, but it did send oil that was carried by the wind to the White Earth River which reaches the Missouri River, and 84,000 gallons of water was filtered from the well with used brine Commonly in shale gas extraction.

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AER Inactive Well Compliance Program

October 7, 2015 1 Comments

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The AER (Alberta’s Energy Regulator) Inactive Well Compliance Program has been in effect for six months already. Are you 50% done your updating for this year? If not you’re behind schedule.

The expectation is becoming compliant on 20% of inactive wells per year for five years. Falling behind initially puts added pressure on plans, when more expensive work overs are demanded. According to AER 2014-9, the goal of the IWCP (Inactive Wells Compliance Program) is to address the accumulation of inactive wells conforming to Directive 013: Well Suspension Requirements, introduced in December 2014.

The purpose is to put in order the inventory of IWCP of each licensee within a period of 5 years. Each licensee and co-owner must fill out their IWCP inventory, update it with recent information; each one will be responsible for their stock to be met at least 20% each year, it involves reactivation of the wells or abandonment of the wells following the abandonment of wells guide.

Each March 31 will be formally evaluated the annual performance of its performance by making the inventory of the IWCP, and each licensee will have access to its annual compliance report. Every first of April of each year the holders will be informed of their existing inventory and their target for that year. All this is necessary to maintain a program update according to the reality, to know for sure that well is active or inactive, also, to inform potential buyers of these wells about their availability.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in actions against the AER.

 

 

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