For more information on licensed wells in the province, see:
Licence Obligations Associated with a Well
- Obligations are created and available in the licence document (pdf) provided in IRIS at the time of issuance. The conditions outlined in this licence document are established based on disclosure questions and will not be updated after the initial licence is created.
- Additional obligations may be created within IRIS that the licensee is responsible for meeting.
- Obligations are maintained within IRIS and can be modified from what is listed on the initial licence.
- Licensees are encouraged to review IRIS regularly for any new or modified obligations.
Cancelling a Licence
- A well licence can be cancelled by the licensee at any time before drilling begins.
- Licences are automatically cancelled if no drilling information is submitted to the Ministry of the Economy through IRIS within 1 year of the licence issue date.
Confidential Period of a Well
When a well licence is submitted, a proposed confidentiality period is created for the well by IRIS. The confidentiality period is based on the bottom-hole location of the boss bore and the completion type:
- 30 Day Period: Assigned when the proposed bottom hole of the boss bore is located within the boundaries of a defined pool.
- 1 Year Period: Assigned when the proposed bottom hole of the boss bore is located outside of the boundaries of a defined pool (undefined pool) or if the completion type is 'Other Minerals'.
- 5 Year Period: Assigned when the completion type is potash related.
For more information on the assignment of confidentiality periods, see Information Circular: Assignment of Confidential Period.
Unknown/Undetermined Mineral Ownership in a drainage unit/area related to production wells
In a situation where mineral ownership cannot be determined for a small portion of the drainage unit/area and a company still wishes to apply for a licence they may do so.
Two requirements prior to licence submission are:
- Conduct a thorough search and document all efforts made to determine/locate mineral owners.
- Conduct a public notice for the drainage unit/area to provide to off-set parties and any parties that may have an interest based on investigation results.
- Assign the DA/DU as usual, include the unknown minerals lands, NOTE – on horizontal wells, only set up production allocation if CR/Other lands are involved, the setback from equity boundaries question should be answered as if the lease to the unknown mineral lands is held.
- Answer no to Question D62.
- Attach Unknown Mineral Ownership/Trust Information attachment to the well licence application, this should include confirmation of Public Notice being conducted, provide the PN number, the documentation of what was done to attempt to find the mineral owner(s) and a confirmation that a public trust will be established and detail the percentage allocated to the portion of the drainage area that is unknown mineral ownership.