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New Guidance on Applications Under the Water Conservation Policy for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations, AER Bulletin 2022-31

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Oil and Gas Facilities – Water Conservation

On October 11, 2022, the AER released Manual 025: Applications Under the Water Conservation Policy for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations. The purpose of this manual is to assist operators in applying for new water licences, licence renewals, and licence amendments under the Water Act and the Water Conservation Policy for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations. It replaces the Alberta Environment and Parks 2006 Water Conservation and Allocation Guideline for Oilfield Injection. This manual supplements existing guidance around standard Water Act licence applications and recycling expectations found in other AER documents. The manual does not apply to temporary diversion licences.

The AER also released a mapping tool to help the industry compare desired diversion locations against the water-short, potentially water-short, and locally constrained areas. The AER will regularly update the online mapping tool.

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