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

Regulations are current to 2022-08-08

Rig Record Book

  •  (1) The owner of a drilling rig shall keep at the rig a hard covered book in which shall be entered information as required by sections 68, 83, 92 and 93.

  • (2) This book shall be readily available to the Oil Conservation Engineer at all times.

Draw Works Brakes

 The brakes on the draw works of every drilling rig shall be tested by each driller when he comes on shift to show whether they are in good order, and such brakes shall also be examined at weekly intervals by the tool-pusher or other person authorized by the owner of the rig, who shall enter the result of this examination in the Rig Record Book over his signature.

Hoisting, Casing or Rotary Drilling Lines

  •  (1) The end of the hoisting line shall be securely fastened to the hoist drum shaft.

  • (2) The hoisting line shall be long enough so that, when the travelling block is laid horizontally on the derrick floor, there will remain at least three turns of rope on the hoist drum.

  • (3) Every hoisting line used in well-drilling, well-servicing and well-abandoning operations shall be examined weekly by the toolpusher, or other person authorized by the owner to determine the condition of the line, who shall enter the result of his examination in the Rig Record Book over his signature.

  • (4) No hoisting line used for well-drilling, well-servicing or well-abandoning operations shall be used when the factor of safety falls below five.

  • (5) When the examination mentioned in subsection (3) indicates that any one or a combination of two or more of the following conditions may have reduced the safety factor to less than five, the line shall be replaced:

    • (a) worn wires;

    • (b) broken wires;

    • (c) visible corrosion; and

    • (d) a damaged or otherwise defective line.

  • (6) The ultimate strength of wire-rope hoisting lines should be based on the manufacturer’s catalogue.

First Aid

  •  (1) Every driller employed on a gas or oil well drilling rig shall be the holder of a certificate of competency in First Aid in good standing.

  • (2) Every employer shall provide and maintain at every drilling rig a suitable First Aid Kit of a recognized standard and a carrying stretcher.

Cellars

 Cellars, after the setting and heading up of the surface casing, with the exception of those less than four feet deep or those in which a false flooring has been installed to make such cellar less than four feet deep, shall be provided with two runways constructed opposite each other, extending from the cellar bottom to the ground surface, but

  • (a) the slope of the runways shall not exceed 20 degrees from the horizontal;

  • (b) the width of the runways shall be not less than three feet in the clear;

  • (c) the clearance between the floor of each runway and the derrick sills shall be not less than seven feet;

  • (d) the cellar and cellar exit shall be secured against caving by the use of sheeting and shoring installed in a manner that will permit the unobstructed passage of employees; and

  • (e) the runways and their approaches shall be kept clear of snow or other material.

Storage of Explosives

 Except as otherwise provided by the Explosives Act, explosives shall be stored in properly constructed magazines at a distance not less than 500 feet from any place where any drilling or production operation is carried on.

Notice of Fatal Accident

 Where in or about any well any accident occurs which causes loss of life to any person employed thereat, the person in charge of such well shall immediately notify the Oil Conservation Engineer by telephone, telegraph or radio, and confirm by letter.

Operations Outside the Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory

 Subsections 15(4), (5) and (6) and sections 21, 31, 33 and 95 do not apply to drilling operations that are carried on outside the Northwest Territories or the Yukon Territory.

Inspection

  •  (1) The Minister or person authorized by him may, at any time

    • (a) enter and inspect any permit area or lease area;

    • (b) enter and inspect any place or building used in connection with the refining, handling, processing or treating of oil or gas;

    • (c) inspect any well, record, plant or equipment located in or on any place or building referred to in paragraph (a) or (b);

    • (d) take samples of any substance found in or on any place or building referred to in paragraph (a) or (b);

    • (e) take particulars of any well, record, plant or equipment referred to in paragraph (c); and

    • (f) enter upon any permit area or lease area and carry out such tests or examinations that the Chief may consider appropriate and that are not detrimental to the operations of the permittee or lessee.

  • (2) The permittee or lessee shall give the Minister, or person authorized by him, such assistance as may be necessary.

Enforcement

 Where a licensee, permittee or lessee violates any provision of these Regulations, the Minister may give written notice to the licensee, permittee or lessee and unless the licensee, permittee or lessee remedies or prepares to remedy the violation to the satisfaction of the Minister within 90 days from the date of the notice, the Minister may cancel the licence, permit or lease.

Reports

  •  (1) Unless previously submitted to the Oil Conservation Engineer or the Chief in accordance with these Regulations or in accordance with the Canada Oil and Gas Land Regulations, every licensee, permittee or lessee shall forward to the Oil Conservation Engineer, in triplicate, within 30 days after the abandonment, suspension or completion of any well,

    • (a) copies of all logs run in the well;

    • (b) copies of all drill stem test charts and the results of each test;

    • (c) copies of all core, gas or fluid analyses;

    • (d) copies of all bottom hole sample analyses including pressure, volume and temperature data; and

    • (e) copies of a well completion report on a form approved by the Chief.

  • (2) In the case of a well other than a development well, the licensee, permittee or lessee shall also submit to the Oil Conservation Engineer a Well History Report, in triplicate, within 30 days after completion, suspension or abandonment of the well.

  • (3) A permittee or lessee shall also send to the Oil Conservation Engineer, in triplicate, copies of all other surveys or the results of any tests conducted during the producing life of a well or field.

Release of Information

 All information submitted in accordance with the requirements of these Regulations shall be kept confidential but may be released in accordance with section 106 of the Canada Oil and Gas Land Regulations.

Measurement of Oil and Gas

  •  (1) Where the measurement of oil is required under these Regulations or under the Canada Oil and Gas Land Regulations, its volume shall be computed as the number of barrels it would occupy at a standard temperature of 60°/60°F.

  • (2) Where the temperature conditions differ from 60°F, the volume shall be converted to that which would be occupied at 60°F in accordance with Table 7 of Petroleum Measurement Tables published jointly by the American Society of Testing Materials and the Institute of Petroleum and designated respectively as D1250 and 200.

  •  (1) Where the measurement of gas is required under these Regulations, its volume shall be computed as the number of cubic feet it would occupy at standard conditions of 14.65 pounds per square inch absolute and 60°F.

  • (2) Where the conditions of pressure and temperature differ from the standard conditions set out in subsection (1), the volume shall be converted to the standard conditions in accordance with the Ideal Gas Laws and corrected for deviations from the Ideal Gas Laws where the amount of the deviation exceeds one per cent.

 
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