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Invitation for Feedback on Revisions to Draft Directive 023, AER Bulletin 2022-22

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Oil and Gas

The AER announced that it is seeking feedback on the proposed updates to Directive 023: Oil Sands Project Applications. In the changes to the draft, the AER:

  • removed duplicate requirements in other directives (e.g., Directive 085: Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects) or provincial legislation;

  • aligned the socioeconomic requirements with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and clarified socioeconomic requirements for applications without an environmental impact assessment; and

  • moved all reservoir containment requirements from Directive 086: Reservoir Containment Application Requirements for Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage Projects in the Shallow Athabasca Oil Sands Area into s. 7 of Directive 023.

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