The Environmental Field Report (EFR) is a generic form outlining the minimum requirements required for surface disposition approval. It also acts as a contract between operators and regulators. The EFR ensures certain environmental/ecological factors are considered for all aspects in the life of the well ie. Pre-planning, sighting, drilling, completions, operations and reclamation.
The EFR must be submitted for all surface disposition applications as required under the Public Lands Act. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all relevant consents and approvals are obtained for all proposed activities prior to construction. Oil and Gas Companies must complete EFR’s on Crown Lands in order to receive a disposition (MSL, PLA, LOC etc).
Keneco Environmental has completed hundreds of EFRs for clients over the years from remote forested areas W6M, to sensitive native prarie in the southeast. Over those years we have established positive relationships with the ASRD officers to ensure a smooth process in obtaining your needed dispositions. The steps of the process are outlined below, Keneco Environmental Services (2000) Inc. will:
Assess the site to gather information for the EFR (Field Visit).
- Soils information, drainage, topography, plant species, weeds, timber salvage, stake holder concerns, Environmental Reservations, and work with existing surface dispositions
Coordinate applicable searches, surveys and clearance submissions.
- Fisheries and Wildlife Management Information System searches (FWMIS)
- Alberta Natural Heritage Information Centre Database (ANHIC)
- Wildlife Survey if requested from either of the above
- Alberta Historical Resources Value search (HRV)
- Application for Historical Resources Act Clearance if needed
- Land Status Automated System (LSAS)
- Wildlife Land Use
Prepare EFR submissions including pertinent supplements for the application; which include:
- Cover Document,
- Sites and Installations Supplement,
- Access Supplement,
- Pipeline Supplement,
- Easement Supplement and Miscellaneous Supplement (only when applicable).
Submit full application package to Land Company and operator.
At this point, the EFR is reviewed and follows the approvals process outlined below:
The Land Company will complete their reviews and forward them to the AB Environment office in Edmonton (DTSB).
Alberta Environment office in Edmonton (DTSB) will review the application package to determine if it is acceptable, if EFR is not submitted, or pages are missing, DTSB informs the applicant and holds the application for 5 working days pending receipt of completed EFR. If the application is accepted, EFR and application are referred to the SRD Field Office.
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (ASRD) Field Office will:
- Review the EFR.
- If acceptable, they will message approval conditions to the DTSB. DTSB issues approval to the applicant.
- If unacceptable, advises applicant of deficiencies and advises DTSB to revise referral.
- Reviews re-submitted EFR and follows above steps if acceptable.
Troy Wawrinchuk P.Ag. (403) 237-8137
Tom Stevenson (VP Environmental) (403) 237-8137