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New Edition of Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections, AER Bulletin 2022-26

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Facility and Well Site Inspections

On August 16, 2022, the AER released a new edition of Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections (“Manual 001”), replacing the 2010 edition. Manual 001 is a reference document for AER staff conducting facility and well-site compliance activities. Although the manual is not an exhaustive inventory of all requirements, the industry may use it as a reference for facility and well-site inspections and as a guide to inform compliance management systems. The manual is divided into four sections: Gas Facility, Oil Facility, Waste Facility, and Well Site. Each section provides non-compliance statements, along with the relevant regulatory references. Manual 001 has been updated as follows:

(a) non-compliance statements for specified enactments (e.g., Public Lands Act, Water Act) were added;

(b) non-compliance statements to reflect current AER requirements and energy resource enactments (e.g., Directive 058: Oilfield Waste Management Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry, Oil and Gas Conservation Act) were added or removed as needed;

(c)  the low- and high-risk ratings were removed to align Manual 001 with the AER’s Integrated Compliance Assurance Framework and Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program; and

(d) Manual 001 was formatted to meet the AER’s current publication standards.

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