AER Seeks Feedback on Temporary Surface Pipelines

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking input on a new initiative related to Temporary Surface Pipelines (TSP) and the potential to transport alternative water (e.g., wastewater, produced and flowback water, saline water) via these pipelines. Temporary surface pipelines are temporary hoses or piping used to transport water on the surface of the ground for energy development. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the initiative to the AER via a survey by January 15th, 2021.

The AER has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and a short video explaining the initiative. The survey can be completed until January 15th 2021.

The presence of important shale gas, tight gas, and tight oil reserves, coupled with readily available water supplies, has led to an intensification of hydraulic fracturing activity within parts of the Red Deer River watershed. The AER’s Temporary Surface Pipeline initiative is expected to have implications for hydraulic fracturing activity in the basin.

For those wishing to learn more about hydraulic fracturing in the watershed, the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance was pleased to release a fact sheet and recommendations regarding hydraulic fracturing activity and watershed management considerations in early 2020.