Licensees that have reclaimed well or facility sites in accordance with The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012, may submit an application to the Government of Saskatchewan's Ministry of Energy and Resources for an Acknowledgement of Reclamation.
An application to obtain an Acknowledgement of Reclamation (AOR) authorization for a well or facility site must be submitted by the licensee. It typically takes 3 to 5 years to obtain all the documentation required for an AOR application.
For more information see:
Before submitting an Acknowledgement of Reclamation application you must:
Note: The licensees IRIS Security Administrator must also provide delegated permissions to any third-party consultant who will be submitting the AOR application on their behalf.
- Ensure the site was reclaimed in accordance with The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012, and the Directive PNG016.
- Be the registered licensee of the well or facility site in IRIS.
- Ensure the status for the site in IRIS is one of the following:
- 'Cut and cap abandoned' for a licensed well
- 'Cancelled' for a built but not drilled licensed well
- 'Abandoned' for a licensed facility
- Ensure the abandonment liability associated with the site is zero on the licensee's Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) inventory and liability report (SIGN IN).
- Unlicensed well or facility sites do not appear in IRIS or the LLR Inventory Reports. However, the AOR Program requirements still apply if there's any surface disturbance at the site.
- Hire a qualified third-party consultant, as defined in the Directive PNG016, to complete the following activities:
- Conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and complete the Phase I ESA Form in accordance with Directive PNG016 to determine if Phase II ESA is required.
- Conduct a Phase II ESA, if required, to further investigate the presence of potential contamination issues in accordance with the Directive PNG033: Phase II Environmental Site Assessment.
- If contamination is found during the Phase II ESA, remediate the site and complete a Remediation Report as outlined in the Directive PNG016.
- Conduct a Detailed Site Assessment (DSA) in accordance with the Directive PNG018 and complete the DSA Form.
- Evaluate the DSA results against the DSA criteria to determine if the reclamation is considered a pass (i.e. meets DSA criteria) or fail. If the DSA fails, contact the licensee to address the issue(s) and then conduct a subsequent DSA, repeating the process until a pass is achieved.
- If directed by the licensee, complete the Landowner Acknowledgement Form with required attachments and signatures as outlined in the Directive PNG016.
- Prepare the Summary Statement of Conclusions and Recommendations component as outlined in the Directive PNG016.
- Provide the licensee with the compiled AOR application for review and request the required Cover Letter.
- Ensure the licensee's Cover Letter meets the submission requirements.
- Following the cover letter, the third-party consultant must provide a filled out copy of the AOR Application Checklist showing if the application being submitted is Routine or Non-Routine
- Submit the AOR application package through IRIS.
- The Landowner Acknowledgement Form if you have not asked the third-party consultant to complete it on your behalf.
- Complete the Cover Letter Component as outlined in the Directive PNG016.
How To Apply
To apply for an Acknowledgement of Reclamation authorization:
- Ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements.
- Ensure all the requirements outlined in the Directive PNG016 and Directive PNG018 are met.
- Prepare the application as a single PDF document (no security applied):
- Name it either "Licence# AOR.pdf" or "Licence# AOR (orphaned).pdf" depending on the application type.
- Ensure pages are orientated so they can be read on a computer screen.
- The applicable components must be presented in the following order:
- AOR Application Checklist
- Cover Letter
- Summary Statement of Conclusions and Recommendations
- Landowner(s) Acknowledgement Form and required attachments
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
- Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
- Remediation Report
- Passing Detailed Site Assessment
- Log in to IRIS and complete the Acknowledgement of Reclamation application process for authorization.
The status of the application is communicated to the licensee as a notification through IRIS. Please be advised that a signed approval letter will no longer accompany the authorization approval on IRIS.
For more information on environmental and remediation standards, please see:
Status of an authorized AOR application in LLR Program
When an AOR application is authorized, the reclamation liability associated with the abandoned/cancelled well or decommissioned facility 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 a 'Y' in the 'Acknowledgement of Reclamation' column in the applicable LLR Well List or LLR Facility List after the 1st of the month.
Issues reported on sites that received AOR authorization
If the ministry is notified of an issue at a site that received AOR authorization, it will be investigated. If it's determined that the issue resulted from a former well or facility operation, the ministry will contact the applicable licensee or working interest participant to address it in accordance to The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012.
Depending on the severity of the issue, the ministry requires documentation to be submitted to confirm the issue has been addressed, and confirmation that the landowner is satisfied with the action taken by the licensee or working interest participant.
The ministry reserves the right to cancel the AOR authorization and/or reinstate the reclamation liability if deemed necessary.