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Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry

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Release Date: February 02, 2017

Replaces the previous edition released on November 09, 2009.
Released with Bulletin 2017-03.

Purpose of this Directive

This directive is divided into two parts.

Part A sets out planning requirements for emergency response plan (ERP) development that licensees are required to meet in order to gain AER approval for the ERP. Part A also contains the requirements for a corporate-level ERP.

Part B sets out the requirements that licensees are required to meet in order to effectively implement their plans and respond to an incident or emergency. Part B will be assessed through the AER's Emergency Response Assessment Program, exercise involvement, post-incident investigations, and field inspections.

If further information is required after reviewing the directive and associated frequently asked questions, contact the AER's Customer Contact Centre.

What's New
Feb 02, 2017 Released updated Directive 071 along with Bulletin 2017-03 and ERP Application form
Mar 22, 2016 In the directive, a line has been drawn through any text referring to Directive 019 or related information
Oct 16, 2012 Bulletin 2012-21: Invitation for Feedback - Revisions to draft Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements
Oct 17, 2011 First Call form added to Directive 071 Tools
Feb 08, 2011 Finalized ERCBH2S Version 1.20 is available for download. See ERCBH2S Model - Calculating Emergency Response and Planning Zones for Sour Wells and Sour Pipelines (pursuant to Directive 071)
Dec 22, 2010 Bulletin 2010-48: Adoption of ERCBH2S Version 1.20, Clarification of Consultation Between Licensee and Local Authorities, and Deferral of Revised Edition of Directive 071

Directive 071 (2005 edition)

I. Directive 071 Tools

First Call Communication (updated August 2015)

Emergency Response Plan Registration Matrix 
(January 2011) designed to assist applicants in determining registration, application form, and ERCBH2S requirements in accordance with the respective version of Directive 071 the plan is written to

ERP Application Form
(February 2017) application form for companies submitting ERPs under Directive 071

February 8, 2011 - Finalized ERCBH2S Version 1.20 is available for download. See ERCBH2S Model - Calculating Emergency Response and Planning Zones for Sour Wells and Sour Pipelines (pursuant to Directive 071)

II. Other Supporting Documents and Webpages

Directive 071: Risk Assessment Matrix for Classifying Incidents [PDF]

Energy Resources Industry Emergency Support Plan [PDF]

Public Safety and Sour Gas: Final Report

Directive 071 FAQs [PDF] (January 2011)

ERCBH2S FAQs  [PDF] (January 2011)