Licensees of cancelled well or facility 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.
Any physical disturbance of the well or facility site by the licensee 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.
The holders of a license for a well or facility site which was subsequently cancelled by the licensee may apply for an Exemption from Reclamation (no surface disturbance) if no surface disturbance has occurred at the site.
If a surface disturbance has occurred at the cancelled site in relation to a pre-existing well or facility, the licensee may also apply for an Exemption from Reclamation (overlap activity).
Any cancelled sites where surface disturbances have occurred that are not exempt from reclamation due to overlapping activities, 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.
Before submitting an Exemption from Reclamation application where no surface disturbance exists on the site, 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 or facility in IRIS.
- Ensure the status of the licensed well or facility is 'Cancelled' in IRIS.
- Ensure no surface disturbance, other than a survey, has occurred at the site.
How To Apply
To apply for an Exemption from Reclamation authorization:
The status of the application is communicated to the licensee as a notification in IRIS.
- Ensure you meet all eligibility requirements.
- Complete the Exemption from Reclamation (no surface disturbance) Form:
- Save it as a PDF document (no security applied).
- Name it either "Licence# Exemption from Reclamation.pdf" or "Licence#+Exemption from Reclamation.pdf" if the application is for multiple licences. The form allows up to 10 qualified sites to be applied for in a single submission in IRIS.
- Ensure the page is oriented so it can be read on a computer screen.
- Log in to IRIS and complete the Full Exemption from Reclamation application process.
Status of an authorized Exemption from Reclamation application for a cancelled site with no surface disturbance in the Licensee Liability Rating (LLFR) Program
When an Exemption from Reclamation is authorized, 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 the next day. The approval is indicated by an 'F' in the 'Exemption from Reclamation' column in the applicable LLR Well List or LLR Facility List after the 1st of the month.