Alberta Site Rehabilitation Program
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Alberta site rehabilitation program – five key factors for success

Maria Kudienko Upstream Oil and Gas Business Lead
Maria Kudienko

Maria is an Upstream Oil and Gas Business Lead with 20 years of environmental consulting experience. Throughout her career she has achieved successful closure on hundreds of upstream oil and gas facilities and she is experienced with all aspects of regulatory closure “cradle to grave”.

It’s been ten months since the Federal government announced a $1.7 billion investment to clean up inactive wells in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. Since then, SLR has been successful in securing funding for multiple clients under the Alberta Site Rehabilitation program (SRP). We have outlined below some key factors that have to be considered to ensure successful regulatory closure is achieved.

1. Identify a list of locations eligible for closure and consult all internal stakeholders

These assets cannot be a part of the divesture and should not be put back into production or re-drilled; could not have a working interest partner or potential buyer who is interested in keeping or repurposing these assets.

2. Find a reputable environmental consulting company

Consider how long the company has been in business, and do they have enough Qualified Personnel (QP) to complete the job. Don’t be afraid to ask your consultant for client references and qualifications of the team doing your work. Also remember that you get what you pay for; cheaper does not mean better.

3. Sign a contract with the environmental consulting company

Include detailed scopes and cost estimates in the contract and wait for approval from the Alberta Energy. 

4. Provide the environmental consulting company with the records needed

These include tour reports, daily drilling reports, drilling waste disposal information, spill cleanup data, drill stem test reports, and names and contact information for landowners, among other records.

5. Approve interim invoice (usually after the field work is completed) and final invoice (usually after reports are finalized)

Make sure to check that reports include all information required by AER, specifically professional declarations for all types of environmental work and record of site condition for contaminated sites type of work. The final reports must be submitted into AER One Stop.

Success in these programs is attributed to open and honest communication with all stakeholders. Strong relationships with First nation groups, landowners, regulators and working partnerships with contractors ensure these projects move forward smoothly. Lastly, the experience of your QP is integral in the success of these projects.