A well licence must be obtained from the Ministry of Energy and Resources before drilling, operating, producing/injecting or exploring an upstream oil and gas well, or a potash well, in Saskatchewan. A well licence is also required to:
- Re-enter an abandoned well;
- Deepen an existing vertical well; or
- Change the trajectory of a well.
Well licence applications are approved by the ministry; however, they may be subject to review by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture. All applications and supporting documentation required for all three ministries are submitted through the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS).
Requirements from the Ministry of Energy and Resources
Read the following Directives, Guidelines and Information Circular for regulatory requirements related to drilling and operating a well in Saskatchewan, and for information to assist you in applying for a well licence:
Requirements from the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture
The following documents may also be required with your well licence application:
- Checklist for Private Lands (Mandatory)
- Oil and Gas Proposal
- Conservation Data Center Search
- Pre-Disturbance Site Assessment
- Wet Land Management Plan
- Native Vegetation Management Plan
- Species of Concern Management Plan
For more information see the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture.
Routine and Non-routine Well Licence Applications
Well licence applications are processed either as routine or non-routine in IRIS:
- Routine: The applicant self-declares they meet all the necessary requirements and setbacks. Routine licenses are issued immediately upon submission.
- Non Routine: Based on the declarations made by the applicant, IRIS identifies that the licence application requires additional review before a well licence can be issued.