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Under The Oil and Gas Conservation Act, authorization by the Ministry of Energy and Resources is required to abandon a well, perform a downhole abandonment, or cut and cap a well, for wells drilled for upstream oil and gas or potash in Saskatchewan.
See the Directive PNG015: Well Abandonment Requirements for more information.
In emergency situations, call 1-844-764-3637, the ministry's Petroleum and Natural Gas Emergency Support Line, for verbal authorization to perform abandonment activities. Emergency authorization must be followed by an email confirmation to the appropriate Ministry Field Office, and requires an application for authorization to be submitted through the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS).
To apply for a well abandonment authorization:
Additional authorization may be required if issues exist with gas migration and surface casing vent flow after abandonment is complete. For more information, see Gas Migration and Surface Casing Vent Flow Reporting.
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