Knowledge Transfer Event: New Draft Wellsite Certification Guidance Documents



Event Date and Time
June 7th, 2021 at 12:00pm MST to June 7th, 2021 at 1:00pm MST

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Join PTAC and InnoTech Alberta for a free online Zoom Knowledge Transfer session on June 7, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MST to explain the work done in support of  two new Draft Wellsite Certification Guidance Documents and how they are to be used, and give you an opportunity to provide feedback on the documents.

Since 2018, InnoTech Alberta, Vertex Resource Group Ltd., Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Enviro Q&A Services have been working on a PTAC-sponsored project to provide recommendations for an acceptable policy framework and decision support tool(s) for certification of boreal wellsites constructed using imported mineral soil pads in peatlands, and upland (forest) sites that have natural vegetation encroachment. 

The goal of the project is to assist industry and regulators in making decisions around appropriate management and certification of these sites to ensure (a) functioning ecosystems are developing, and (b) that there is a process that supports reclamation certification.

Two guidance documents and associated appendices have been prepared. The first assists practitioners with applying for variances for upland sites. The second is a decision support tool to improve consistency in decisions for leaving mineral soil pads in place in peatlands. 

- Guide to Variance Justifications for Reclamation Certification of Wellsites and Associated Facilities on Forested Land: 
- Certification of Mineral Soil Pads in the Boreal Region – Decision Framework and Support Tools:

The Alberta Energy Regulator has indicated support for use of these guidance documents as support for wellsite certificate justifications in the 2021 field season.