Flaring and Venting Implementation

The goal of the Flaring and Venting Implementation Team was to assess the performance of the upstream oil and gas industry in managing flaring and venting and to make recommendations regarding the framework for managing flaring and venting in Alberta.

For details, read the team’s terms of reference.

PROGRESS TO DATE:

After studying and discussing the issues related to the feasibility and implications of eliminating routine flaring and venting, the team prepared its final report.

It reported that a number of previous recommendations were implemented through regulations and best management practices, resulting in significant reductions in flaring and venting. It also developed two of their own concensus recommendations. Download the final report for more details.


If you have further questions about the Flaring and Venting project, email casa@casahome.org.

  • Flaring and Venting Project Final Report, December 2010
  • Consultant’s Report: Evaluation and Cost of Eliminating Solution Gas Flaring and Venting, Possible Exemptions, June 2010

    Note: this report was provided by a third-party consultant and is provided for information. It is not a consensus decision of the team.

  • Flaring and Venting Review Of Well Test Time Limits , June 2005 (Team report)
  • Flaring and Venting Recommendations For Coal Bed Methane, March 2005 (Team report)
  • Flaring and Venting in Alberta, Report and Recommendations for the Upstream Petroleum Industry, September 2004 (Team report)
  • Consultant’s Report: Solution Gas Flaring and Venting in Alberta: Volume Trends and Conservation Costs, January 2004

Data

Data helps determine if conserving solution gas is economically feasible.

Newly compiled data can be used to evaluate if conserving solution gas from oil batteries is economically feasible. The Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) hopes this data will help companies in the oil and gas industry find economical and creative ways to recover solution gas instead of being flared or vented.

This is a win-win scenario where more efficient use of a resource can lead to less impact on the environment and a new market opportunity. The data can be used by contractors to propose to well owners creative options to recover solution gas.

The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) issued General Bulletin (GB) 2002-05 and Interim Directive (ID) 2002-02 requiring industry to submit information including site location, gas production, H2S content, number of residences nearby and project economics conducted as per EUB Guide 60.

The raw data submitted to the EUB is publicly available on this Web site. It is being analyzed by the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) Flaring/Venting Project Team (FVPT) to better understand solution gas conservation and factors affecting it. The FVPT has two goals:

  • To assess the performance and make recommendations regarding the Alberta solution gas flaring management framework incorporated into EUB Guide 60.
  • To develop recommendations to address a broader range of flaring and gas venting issues in Alberta.
  • The raw data submitted to the EUB is available as a MS-Excel spreadsheet called ID_2002-02_Data.xls (690 KB) Please contact the CASA Secretariat if you would like a copy of this spreadsheet.

The data in ID_2002-02_Data.xls has not been checked for quality nor processed to ensure accuracy. Unit errors, missing information, information dating from unknown years, and incorrect information maybe characteristic of some project data. The information is provided as is, with no support from the Clean Air Strategic Alliance or the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board. The Clean Air Strategic Alliance will not be held liable for any losses or damages incurred from the use in any manner of data in ID_2002-02_Data.xls.