EUB [now ERCB] Bulletin 2005-33: Shallow Fracturing Operations: New Requirements, Restricted Operations, and Technical Review Committee by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board [now Energy Resources Conservation Board, ERCB, soon to be Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)], December 9, 2005
The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) believes there is a need to consider new regulations and/or industry recommended practices regarding fracturing of wells at shallow depths. The Draft Directive: Shallow Fracturing Operations: New Requirements, Restricted Operations, and Technical Review, available on the EUB Web site www.eub.gov.ab.ca contains proposed new prefracturing requirements and restrictions on fracturing in proximity to water wells and proposes the development of a technical review committee to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the issues related to shallow fracturing operations.
Fracturing of hydrocarbon reservoirs to enhance production is a common, well-understood practice, which has primarily occurred in deeper formations below the base of groundwater protection. For this reason, regulation of fracturing operations has been unnecessary. However, the recent trend to development of shallow gas reservoirs has caused the EUB to re-evaluate the need for regulation in this area.
D. K. Boyler, P.Eng.
Compliance and Operations Branch
Previously publicly available at: http://www.eub.gov.ab.ca/BBS/requirements/gbs/bulletin-2005-33.htm