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New Version of ERCBH2S Available for Testing and Feedback and Implementation Plan for Directive 071

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Release Date: October 01, 2009


The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) announces the release of an updated version of ERCBH2S (Version 1.20 Beta), available on the ERCB Web site page for Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry for testing until November 13. Feedback is requested to be sent by e-mail to @email. A finalized Version 1.20 will be released after feedback has been assessed. Information on the changes made to the ERCBH2S computer software to calculate the emergency planning zone (EPZ) for sour operations is in Attachment A.

ERCB Bulletin 2008-15: New Edition of Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry Issued (April 2008) granted temporary exemption to existing sour production facilities. The ERCB has now completed a province-wide impact study on these facilities and advises licensees and other stakeholders of the following.

The ERCB has released EnerFAQs 13: Emergency Response Preparedness in the Energy Industry, which is available on the ERCB Web site, as well as in print from Information Services, 640 – 5 Avenue SW, main floor; telephone: 403-297-8311; fax: 403-297-7040; e-mail: @email.

As well, a new revised draft of Directive 071 is expected to be released for stakeholder comment in early 2010.

Once the 2010 edition of Directive 071 is finalized and issued, existing sour production facilities currently operating under the 2005 edition of Directive 071 must revise and submit required emergency response plans (ERPs) to the ERCB’s Emergency Planning and Assessment section within two years of date of issuance. See Attachment B for further detail. Licensees are reminded that some facilities that did not require an ERP may be so required under the new requirements in 2010.

Comments or questions regarding this bulletin should be sent to @email or called into the EPA Helpline at 403-297-2625 (business days 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).

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Roy Graves
Acting Executive Manager
Field Surveillance and Operations Branch