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Updates to Borrow Pit Compliance under the Water Act

Regulations have strengthened, potentially leading to significant implications for operators and oil and gas producers

Regulatory requirements from the Alberta Energy Regulator for borrow pits have recently been strengthened to ensure that operators are obtaining the necessary approvals and authorizations for activities that alter the flow, level, or location of water or expose groundwater.

Operators must exercise due diligence to confirm that the borrow pit holds the proper authorizations before applying for a Water Licence for diversion purposes. Additionally, operators should be aware of the potential environmental impacts associated with borrow pit operations and implement appropriate management practices to minimize these impacts.

By doing so, operators can ensure compliance with regulations and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable and responsible resource management.

Download the full update below to gain a full understanding of compliance regulations regarding borrow pits and the process to determine compliance status.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is accurate as of 19/04/2023. Regulations are subject to change, and we cannot be held liable for any discrepancies arising between the content provided and future legislation. Please review the Alberta Energy Regulator website for updates, or reach out to our team for a free consultation.   

Tanya Cairns
VP, Science and Consulting
Integrated Sustainability

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