Canada Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1517)

Regulations are current to 2019-06-20

Samples and Cores

  •  (1) Unless otherwise directed by the Oil Conservation Engineer, each licensee, permittee or lessee shall cause to be taken, preserved and maintained a series of samples at interval depths of 10 feet of the various formations that non-coring drilling penetrates in drilling a well or structure test hole, and the samples shall be washed, dried, preserved in bags accurately labelled with the name of the well, interval, depth, date of sample and shall be forwarded prepaid in accordance with instructions issued by the Oil Conservation Engineer.

  • (2) All cores taken from the core barrel shall be stored in book fashion in core boxes and accurately labelled on the body, not the lid, of each box as to the number and interval of the core, top, bottom and footage recovery of the core and the name of the well from which the core is taken.

  • (3) Boxes shall be of stout wooden or metal construction the sides of which shall project above the level of the contained cores and lids shall be securely fixed to ensure safe transit, and such boxes shall not exceed three feet in length.

  • (4) Reasonable steps shall be taken to protect boxes containing the cores from theft, misplacement or exposure to the weather and after reasonable time has been afforded the licensee, permittee or lessee to carry out examinations and obtain core analyses of them, they shall be forwarded prepaid to the Oil Conservation Engineer when directed by him to do so.

  • (5) Without the consent of the Oil Conservation Engineer, no cores shall be destroyed or taken out of Canada except such portions thereof as are reasonably necessary for analytical purposes.

Deviation Test

 The licensee, permittee or lessee, when directed by the Oil Conservation Engineer, shall make or cause to be made tests at intervals not exceeding 500 feet from the top to the bottom of the well or such lesser intervals as the Oil Conservation Engineer may require for the purpose of ascertaining to what extent, if any, the well deviates from the vertical and shall submit a report of the tests with the daily drilling reports at the end of each week.

Logs

  •  (1) Unless otherwise directed by the Oil Conservation Engineer, the permittee or lessee shall cause to be taken one electric log and one other type of electric log, radio-activity log, sonic log or other log approved by the Chief so that the information provided by the two logs shall be sufficient for determining the contacts between horizons or zones penetrated and the porosity and fluid saturation of all potential reservoir horizons.

  • (2) The title to each log shall contain all information necessary to identify that log and to allow the quantitative and qualitative analysis referred to in subsection (1) to be made.

  • (3) Three copies of each log shall be sent to the Oil Conservation Engineer within 30 days of the date on which the log was taken.

Daily Reports

  •  (1) While drilling is in progress on wells, the licensee, permittee or lessee or their agents shall maintain on a form approved by the Chief a daily report of drilling operations and such report shall be made in duplicate, one copy being at all times retained at the well and open to inspection by the Oil Conservation Engineer.

  • (2) A copy of the original report shall be forwarded to the Oil Conservation Engineer at the end of each and every week during the course of such drilling operations.

  • (3) Such daily report shall set out complete data on all operations carried on during the day and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, shall include

    • (a) depth at the beginning of the day or tour;

    • (b) depth at the end of the day;

    • (c) formation penetrated;

    • (d) any change in casing;

    • (e) if casing set, all data regarding setting with size, type, grade and weight of casing whether new or used and depth at which it is set;

    • (f) particulars of cementing;

    • (g) any water, oil or gas encountered, even if only small showings;

    • (h) a report on any deviation surveys, formation tests or other tests carried on; and

    • (i) information on any other operations carried on such as fishing, shooting, perforating, acidizing, surveying, whipstocking or abandonment.

Encounters of Oil or Gas

  •  (1) Where the licensee, permittee or lessee encounters in significant quantities oil or gas in a well outside a designated pool or field, he shall notify the Oil Conservation Engineer, by the most expeditious method, of the character, extent and quantity thereof.

  • (2) In such instances mentioned in subsection (1) and where practicable, the licensee, permittee or lessee shall take and preserve samples for a reasonable time in an amount of not less than one quart of oil or water and in the case of gas, sufficient to fill a container satisfactory to the Oil Conservation Engineer.

  • (3) When requested to do so by the Oil Conservation Engineer, the licensee, permittee or lessee shall forward the samples referred to in subsection (2) to him.

Abandonment of Wells

  •  (1) Before abandoning a well drilled under these Regulations and before removing any part of the casing therefrom, the licensee, permittee or lessee shall notify the Oil Conservation Engineer in writing of his intention to so do on a form approved by the Chief in triplicate and shall obtain written approval of such abandonment and removal of casing from the Oil Conservation Engineer but such approval may first be given orally.

  • (2) In abandoning wells, cement plugs shall be used to protect porous formations and unless otherwise directed by the Oil Conservation Engineer, the plugs shall be felt for in accordance with good oil field practice and new plugs shall be placed when necessary.

  • (3) The interval between plugs shall be filled with an approved mudladen fluid of proper density unless otherwise directed by the Oil Conservation Engineer.

  • (4) Seismic shot holes and structure test holes shall be abandoned by a method approved by the Oil Conservation Engineer and in accordance with good oil field practice.

  • (5) Upon abandonment of the well, all excavations shall be filled and exact locations of such well or hole shall be marked by a pipe not less than two inches in diameter set solidly into a concrete block or other approved material and projecting at least four feet above ground level.

  • (6) The name of the well shall be plainly and permanently marked on the pipe in a manner approved by the Oil Conservation Engineer.

Restoration of Surface

 The licensee, permittee or lessee shall, as soon as weather or ground conditions permit, upon the final abandonment and completion of the plugging of any well or structure test hole, clear the area around the location of all refuse material, burn waste oil, drain and fill all excavations, remove concrete bases, machinery and materials other than the marker provided for in subsection 15(5) and level the surface to leave the site as nearly as possible in the condition encountered when operations were commenced.

Reports to Oil Conservation Engineer

  •  (1) A report in triplicate on a form approved by the Chief shall be forwarded to the Oil Conservation Engineer within 30 days of

    • (a) the abandonment of a well; or

    • (b) the suspension of drilling of a well.

  • (2) The licensee, permittee or lessee shall, within 30 days of receiving core, oil, gas or water analyses by him or caused to be made by him, submit copies in duplicate to the Oil Conservation Engineer.

  • (3) Upon completion of a structure test hole program the licensee, permittee or lessee shall submit to the Oil Conservation Engineer a report on a form approved by the Chief in triplicate on each hole drilled.

  •  (1) Within 30 days after the completion of a well or the recompletion of a well into a different producing interval or a workover operation, a report in triplicate shall be filed with the Oil Conservation Engineer on a form approved by the Chief by the permittee, lessee or his authorized agent.

  • (2) Within 30 days after the initial production test following completion, recompletion or any workover operation, a supplemental well completion report in triplicate shall be filed with the Oil Conservation Engineer on an approved form.

  • (3) During any period of testing as required by the Oil Conservation Engineeer following completion, recompletion or workover operation, the licensee, permittee or lessee shall report weekly, if mail service permits, in duplicate, the daily production and such report shall be specific as to the recovery of oil or gas and the period of time in which production was obtained.

Suspension of Drilling or Production

  •  (1) The licensee, permittee or lessee shall notify the Oil Conservation Engineer by submitting notification on a form approved by the Chief in triplicate before drilling or production operations are suspended at any well.

  • (2) The licensee, permittee or lessee shall comply with all precautionary measures required by the Oil Conservation Engineer.

 The licensee, permittee or lessee shall not resume operations on any well that has been suspended without previously notifying the Oil Conservation Engineer and submitting the form approved by the Chief in triplicate.

Where Wells or Holes to Be Drilled

  •  (1) Except with the approval of the Oil Conservation Engineer, no well shall be drilled

    • (a) within 250 feet of the outer boundaries of a leased area, any road allowance, surveyed road, railway, pipeline, high voltage power line or other right-of-way, dwelling, industrial plant, building used for military purposes, permanent farm building, school or church; or

    • (b) within 1/2 mile of any existing or proposed flightway or any airfield.

  • (2) A licensee, permittee or lessee shall carry on his operations with a minimum of inconvenience and interference with existing or proposed airfields.

 
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