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Apply for an Exemption from Reclamation for Well Sites with No Surface Disturbance

Licensees of cancelled well sites may apply to the Government of Saskatchewan's Ministry of the Economy (the Ministry) for an exemption from the reclamation under The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012, provided no surface disturbance has occurred at the site in association with the cancelled licence.

Guidance

Any physical disturbance of the well site, associated with the cancelled licence, other than a survey is considered a surface disturbance. This includes stripping or preparing the site, installing a fence or the presence of a pre-existing well or facility.

If no surface disturbance has occurred in association with a cancelled licence, the licensee may apply to for an exemption from reclamation for well sites with no surface disturbance.

Any cancelled sites where surface disturbances have occurred in association with the cancelled licence are subject to the reclamation requirements of The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012.  Information on how to reclaim the site can be found in the Directive PNG016: Acknowledgement of Reclamation Requirements.

Eligibility

Before submitting an Exemption from Reclamation application declaring there is no surface disturbance associated with the cancelled well licence(s), you must:

  • Have an Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS) account and the appropriate permissions assigned by your IRIS Security Administrator.
  • Be the registered licensee of the cancelled well in IRIS.
  • Ensure the status of the licensed well is 'Cancelled' in IRIS.
  • Ensure no surface disturbance, other than a survey, has occurred at the site in association with the cancelled well licence.

How To Apply

To apply for an Exemption from Reclamation:

IRIS will be undergoing some changes in the near future to allow licensees to declare a cancelled well licence has no surface disturbance without submitting an application. In the interim these applications will no longer be accepted through the generic application submission in IRIS. Please follow the interim procedures describe below.
  1. Ensure you meet all eligibility requirements.
  2. Refer to either the LLR Well List or Licensee Liability Inventory Report for cancelled wells to determine the cancelled wells with $5,100 reclamation liability (i.e. do not already have an Full Exemption, Grandfathered or Acknowledgement of Reclamation Approval associated with them).
    • Prepare a list of cancelled well licences with no surface disturbance, in excel, by modifying the LLR Well List or Licensee Liability Inventory Report to include only the following for each well licence:
      • Licensee Name
      • Licence Number
      • Surface location
      • Well Status – must be Cancelled (ensure there has not already been a full exemption or AOR approval issued.
    • Submit the excel list via email to pngwelllicence@gov.sk.ca with subject line indicating Licensee Name – Exemption from Reclamation (No Surface Disturbance).
    The status of the application is communicated to the licensee via email; please retain that email for your records as a signed approval will no longer accompany the approval and it will not be available through IRIS in the future.

    Further Information

    Status of an Exemption from Reclamation application for a cancelled site with no surface disturbance in the Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program

    When an Exemption from Reclamation is approved, the reclamation liability associated with the cancelled site under the LLR Program is zeroed.

    Licensees that use the LLR SIGN IN to review their inventory and liability reports will see the change reflected on the 28th day of the month. The approval is indicated by an 'F' in the 'Exemption from Reclamation' column in the applicable LLR Well List  after the 1st of the month. 

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