The Acknowledgement of Reclamation (AOR) Program administered by the Government of Saskatchewan's Ministry of Energy and Resources oversees the reclamation of all well and facility sites licensed under The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012.
Listing of Wells and Facilities Subject to the AOR Program
Licensees can obtain a listing of wells and facilities with outstanding reclamation obligations by viewing the Licensee Liability Rating LLR Well List or LLR Facility List and applying the following selection criteria:
- Select the licensee's name from the Operator name column
- Set the Well Status column to 'abandoned' (i.e. cut and capped)
- Set the Grandfathered Reclamation Release column to 'blank'
- Set the Acknowledgement of Reclamation (AOR) column to 'blank'
- Set the Exemption from Reclamation column to 'blank' or contains a 'P'
How to Satisfy Reclamation Obligations
Licensees seeking to satisfy their reclamation obligations for their facility sites may submit one or more of the following applications:
All applications are submitted through the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS).
Audits of Reclaimed Sites
Each year, the Ministry selects sites where the reclamation had been previously approved under the AOR Program for audits to determine if the abandonment and reclamation standards continue to be met.
The Ministry seeks qualified third party consultants to conduct the subsurface audit projects which are advertised annually on SaskTenders.
If issues are found during the audit, the Ministry will notify the licensee or working interest participants of their responsibility to undertake further abandonment or reclamation work at the site. The licensee or working interest participant is responsible for any costs incurred for completing any additional work at the site.