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Welcome to the AER's Systems and Tools portal. For details and supporting documentation on each application, please expand the arrow button.
This map viewer is an interactive map application that identifies all recorded surface locations of abandoned wells by area. Additional details include the abandoned wells’ licensees; and the latitude and longitude of each well’s surface location.
The AER order system is the official site for all regulatory orders and provides a graphical interface for field orders and pool orders. The order system also provides the capability to graphically query (locate) control wells (coalbed methane and shale gas), development entities (DEs), strike areas, and oil sands areas (OSAs).
The AREPS portal provides access to public policies relating to the development of upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal. Users are able to identify and access policy documents from this easy to use platform.
AREPS gives access to directives, interim directives, information letters and manuals from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and polices from the Government of Alberta (Energy and Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD)). The lower Athabasca Regional Plan and the Wetlands Policy from ESRD are fully searchable.
The AER is responsible for the management of energy-related public land dispositions in accordance with the Public Lands Act, the Mines and Minerals Act, and other related legislation, regulations, and policies. To ensure that geophysical clients are provided with efficient and consistent service, the Application Disposition Process and Tracking (ADEPT) tool was created.
The objective of ADEPT is to automate the application, referral, approval, and mapping processes for geophysical clients. Using ADEPT, users can submit geophysical plans and have them validated in real time. Clients with successful submissions will receive a geophysical number; submissions with errors will be rejected and given a report of errors that require attention prior to resubmission.
This helpful tool is available to the public and allows registered users to view AER and ESRD authorizations issued under the Water Act or the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
The base of groundwater protection (BGWP) query tool uses an interactive map application to provide BGWP depths (metres above sea level) for legal subdivisions (LSD) in Alberta. The BGWP is the best estimate of the elevation at which nonsaline groundwater is likely to occur.
(Note: LSDs for mountainous regions and the northeastern quarter of Alberta are not available for query.)
The coal mine map viewer is an interactive map application that facilitates map navigation through panning and zooming functions, and allows users to locate mines by their associated mine numbers.
The digital data submission (DDS) system is used to electronically submit information to the AER. The DDS is used by industry members to submit
- well test data,
- licence transfers,
- well drilling completion data, and
- inspection notification data.
Launched October 31st, 2013, the Disposition Spatial Processing Tool (DSPT) replaces the township Mylar maps previously used for outlining dispositions on provincial lands. The new inquiry tool lets users access spatial versions of proposed surface activities in real time (as they come in for processing). Users can now view dispositions using the Digital Integrated Dispositions (DIDs) function as well as access provisional and other background data layers using the DSPT.
Using the DSPT, members of the public are able to navigate to an area of interest and create, view, and print PDF maps. Activities of interest can also be located using search tools and specifying the associated land area(s).
The electronic assignments program is part of the broader Electronic Transfer System (ETS) and facilitates the assignment of surface dispositions issued under the Public Lands Act within the province of Alberta, where over 15 000 oil and gas dispositions are approved annually. Electronic assignments encompass all transactions, documents, and data exchanges associated with the assignment of a disposition holder’s interest in a surface disposition to another party.
Under the ETS umbrella, the electronic assignments program can be used for accessing and conveying information for a number of different applications, such as land searches or e-transfers. Oil and gas agreement transfers include dispositions for easements, licences of occupation, mineral surface leases, pipeline installations leases, pipeline agreements, and vegetation control easements.
The Electronic Disposition System (EDS) is an online tool that allows users to electronically submit specified applications, amendments, and associated documents for surface dispositions to the AER. In addition, clients can use the EDS to conduct monthly reporting and check on the status of previously filed applications and amendments. The EDS provides clients with access to its five subsystems:
- Public Land Disposition Applications and Amendments
- Disposition Maintenance
- Public Lands Disposition Enhanced Approval
- Application and Amendment Status Check Request
Important note: To access the EDS, a user must have a Government of Alberta account and ID.
Related Links: EDS Frequently Asked Questions
The Environmental Site Assessment Repository (ESAR) is a searchable, online database that provides scientific and technical information about assessed and reclaimed sites throughout Alberta.
Environmental site assessments determine the quality of soil and groundwater of a site, such as retail gas stations and other commercial and industrial sites. A site assessment does not necessarily mean a site is, or ever was, contaminated.
ESAR makes available reclamation certificates issued by Environment and Parks (previously Environment and Sustainable Development) prior to March 24, 2014 for upstream oil and gas well sites and other specified lands on private land and the associated file information for the certificates (e.g., applications, reports). Reclamation certificates issues for sites on public land are available through InformationRequest@aer.ca.
All reclamation certificates issued by the Alberta Energy Regulator on or after March 24, 2014 are available through InformationRequest@aer.ca
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions, Tips and Tricks document or the User Guide if you are having any trouble accessing information on ESAR. If you do not find the information you require, please contact ESAR-Support@gov.ab.ca.
Use the integrated application registry (IAR) query tool to check on the status of applications registered with the AER.
Application attachments (supporting files and disposition documents) can be accessed through the IAR query tool for 30 days after an application has been decided.
Refer to the AER Authorization Status Request Guide for tool definitions and how to use IAR Query.
The Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) is a web-enabled mapping tool that allows users to plan activities on Crown land. It provides a consistent platform for spatial information required for disposition planning and applications. Through the use of LAT, clients can virtually “site” their proposed project activities and identify areas with any operational constraints or higher levels of risk that would require mitigation planning. Users can then institute changes to that proposed activity to help mitigate concerns prior to application.
Once a client correctly inputs their planned activities, the systems generates a report that provides provincial and sensitivity section approval standards and operating conditions that are specific to the proposed activity. The approval standards and operating conditions identified in the report form a part of the disposition document and allow a user to make informed decisions about their planned course of action. Users are required to submit the report as part of a surface land application.
Related Information: Surface Land-use Application
The Oil Sands Information Portal is a convenient, information-rich tool that provides detailed information about Alberta’s oil sands projects and associated data related to the environmental impacts of oil sands development. The portal features a searchable data repository that includes an interactive map, reports, graphs, tables, and downloads of current and historical oil sands information.
The interactive map allows users to easily select and view information of interest such oil sands operations, facilities, and upgraders and to then layer areas of additional interest such as water usage, reclaimed land, and key wildlife and biodiversity zones—on top of the original base map.
Through this tool, applicants login with their DDS credentials and submit Reclamation Certificate Applications via their own secured workspace. Other features includes access to transactional map layers and related reports, attaching Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) submissions to Reclamation Certificate Applications, and greater visibility around decisions and the status of applications under review.
Using the maps, zoom in on a specific part of the province and turn on (or off) different layers to see what’s happening. In addition to showing specific regions – (like cities, protected areas, indigenous lands, and military bases), the maps in the tool also show all of the industry assets, including facilities, wells, compressor stations, pipelines and access roads across Alberta.
PETRINEX provides services that facilitate fast, standardized, safe, and accurate management and exchange of key volumetric, royalty, and commercial information associated with the upstream petroleum sector. PETRINEX uses a web-based system for its automated business functions and processes.
Note: PETRINEX is a joint strategic organization supporting Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry and is represented by government (Alberta Department of Energy [DOE], the Alberta Energy Regulator [AER] the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy [ECON]), and industry (represented by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers [CAPP] and the Explorer and Producers Association of Canada [EPAC]). It operates under the overall guidance of a unique and proven Crown-Industry governance structure.
The AER manages energy-related surface dispositions on public land in accordance with the Public Lands Act (PLA) and its related legislation and policies. In accordance with the PLA, each application or amendment for a surface activity on public land requires the inclusion of a plan (sketch or survey) indicating the activity to be conducted and its proximity to existing dispositions.
Prior to the digital submission of activity plans to the Electronic Disposition System, they must first be submitted to the secure Plan Confirmation Services (PCS) system for metadata input, virus and level checking, zipping, and encryption. Plan packages that are approved by the system will be processed and sent back to the applicant with a confirmation number. All surface disposition plans identified for digital submission MUST be processed by the PCS system.
Related links: Disposition Plan Requirements
The proceeding search allows users to access information from, and participate in, select AER proceedings. Users can register to participate in a proceeding, see the hearing schedule, and view, download, and submit information for a proceeding.
Using the Public Notice of Application tool, interested parties can access and search specific areas of the province for applications filed with the regulator in the last 30 days (from the time of search). Searchable by keyword or location, applications are also segregated into groups - such as facilities, resources, and oil sands developments - providing the public another avenue to facilitate their search.
This map viewer uses an interactive map application to show approval areas in Alberta for active conventional enhanced recovery (ER) schemes, in situ oil sands schemes, and mineable oil sands schemes. Supporting details include approval number, approval-holder name, scheme name (if applicable), scheme type, scheme subtype (if applicable), approval area description (if applicable), and associated field/pool or area/deposit.
WURS collects and reports information on actual water use by licence holders and aligns with the Water for Life: Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability.
In order to access WURS, interested parties must have an ESRD-Government of Alberta account and ID.
Instruction guides, manuals, and video for the WURS systems are also available online.
Before diverting and using surface water and groundwater in Alberta, a licence must be obtained under the province’s Water Act. A temporary diversion licence (TDL) provides authority for this diversion for a maximum of one year.
In order to submit a TDL application using WATERS, interested parties must have an ESRD-Government of Alberta account and ID. Once obtained, TDL applications and any supporting documentation can be readily filed; users can also retrieve historical temporary diversion licence information.
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