On Thursday, December 6, 2012 Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) released for public comment a draft Hydraulic Fracturing Directive.
The ERCB is Alberta’s primary energy regulator and establishes the rules under which oil and gas development can take place.
The ERCB already has in place numerous directives that apply to hydraulic fracturing. However, given the increasing use of hydraulic fracturing technologies with horizontal drilling, the ERCB is proposing additional rules on subsurface activity during hydraulic fracturing operations.
The draft Hydraulic Fracturing Directive is proposing:
- new requirements to prevent the loss of well integrity during hydraulic fracturing operations;