EAP FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about EAP

Enhanced Approval Process FAQs – December 1, 2013

What changes have been made in the December 1, 2013 update of the Integrated Standards and Guidelines (IS&G)?

  • The IS&G have been modified to recognize the role of the Alberta Energy Regulator.

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The questions and answers provided in previous updates is provided here. The answers to these questions may no longer be valid due to changes in the EAP and associated business rules.

What changes have been made in the July 16, 2012 update of the Integrated Standards and Guidelines (IS&G)?

  • There are many changes to the IS&G. For a complete list, see the "revision history" portion of the new IS&G.
  • The four previous documents (Pre-Application Requirements and Information; Approval Standards; Operating Conditions; Best Management Practices) have been integrated into one document.
  • The intent of some of the approval standards was clarified focusing them on single-well bores. Multi-well bores for these approval standards will need to follow the non-standard process.

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The questions and answers provided in previous updates is provided here. The answers to these questions may no longer be valid due to changes in the EAP and associated business rules.

Will my EAP application be rejected if the incidental activity areas identified in my application plan package are larger than the Temporary Field Authorization (TFA) Guideline sizing limits?

  • No
  • Applicants must be aware of the allowable incidental activity limits, and attest that the information is correct when they submit their disposition application. The schedules were modified to more clearly enable applicants to make this determination.
  • Incidental activities and temporary uses shown on the authorized plan must comply with the Temporary Field Authorization Guidelines as amended from time to time. Incidental activities and temporary uses shown on the authorized plan which comply with the Temporary Field Authorization Guidelines shall be permitted during the term of this Short Term Licence of Occupation. This authorization is limited to: borrow pits, log decks, temporary work spaces, push outs and bank stabilization within identified sizing limits. The disposition holder must obtain a separate Temporary Field Authorization before commencing any incidental activities or temporary uses which are not shown on the authorized plan or which do not comply with the Temporary Field Authorization Guidelines.

What can applicants do to ensure application correctness?

  • Applicants should review all of AEP's plan requirements by reviewing the documents on the Disposition Plan Requirements webpage. In particular applicants should ensure that the land list information provided on the plan and application forms match.
  • Applicants should ensure correctness of consent documentation by checking all consent documentation for correct LAT numbers (same as the LAT report being attached to an application), and by ensuring that the consent documentation being submitted has been signed by the consenting party.
  • Applicants should ensure FNC documentation correctness by checking for matching land locations and confirm that the documentation has been signed.
  • Applicants should ensure LAT report correctness by checking that all references to the LAT report number in the application and attachments match the LAT report number being applied with.

What is considered upstream oil and gas versus downstream?

Upstream oil and gas activities include:

  • oil and gas extraction sites
  • pipelines that transport raw or crude oil and gas from an extraction site to a processing facility
  • pipeline installations tied to pipelines that transport raw or crude oil and gas from an extraction site
  • access roads for these extraction sites and upstream pipelines
  • access roads for extraction sites

Downstream oil and gas activities include:

  • processing facilities
  • pipelines that transport from processing facilities
  • pipeline installations tied to pipelines that transport processed oil and gas

Is EAP training available?

Specific industry-oriented hands-on training is not available through the Government of Alberta. Some colleges or other vendors may provide EAP training. However, an online training module, manuals, guides, and other information for clients to support self-education and self-training is available on EAP web pages.

What is the role of Land Agents in the EAP?

As all land agents are used in different ways by companies, these roles need to be clarified by the company to their agents. The oil and gas company is responsible and accountable for approval and operational compliance. Land agents should ask their clients for direction.

Is it possible to file a non-standard application based on outstanding concerns and/or issues with First Nation consultation?

No application submission will be accepted through the EAP without completed First Nation consultation requirements.

When will a Caribou Protection Plan be required?

A Caribou Protection Plan (CPP) will not be required for the dispositions issued through the EAP. The Integrated Standards and Guidelines have incorporated the requirements of the CPP into the approval standards and operating conditions.

What are the current survey standards?

Plans must follow the Digital Plan Submission Standards and Procedures document.

What needs to be attached for FMA consent?

Where consent is required, a letter or form reflecting the LAT Report Number and signed by the FMA holder indicating that they consent to withdrawal of the specified lands from the FMA must be attached. For more information please refer to the EAP Manual.

Where can I access the forms that I need for the EAP?

How does industry apply for temporary use?

In an EAP application, a company that includes certain incidental activities on their application plan will gain authorization for the incidental activities included for the term of the short-term disposition. This encourages upfront planning. If temporary uses are not included in the EAP application plan, companies may still apply for a Temporary Field Authorization (TFA) under the current process as defined in the TFA Manual. The types of incidental activities that can be used on a short-term disposition application, and restrictions for these incidental activities are identified in the TFA Manual.

How do I get set up on the system to access the EAP?

To get access to the Electronic Dispositions System, the Landscape Analysis Tool, and the Plan Confirmation Service follow the directions at:

Can industry download data (e.g. wildlife referral maps) from the LAT to use in planning?

Currently it is not possible to download data from the LAT. However, key wildlife data layers are available by searching "Wildlife Sensitivity Maps" at esrd.alberta.ca.

 

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