By Energeticcity.ca staff
Oil and gas corporations will now have to comply with mandatory inline well testing for some new wells.
The rule applies to wells that are located within 1.25 kilometres of a residence and three kilometres or less from pipeline infrastructure.
In a statement released by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission on Thursday, CEO Alex Ferguson says the testing will help reduce flaring and incineration during well operation.
It’s an effort to meet the Province’s goal of eliminating routine flaring at oil and gas production wells and facilities by 2016.
Ferguson says the requirement will also help reduce the potential impact of well operations on residents.
The Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum is praising the new well-testing requirements.
Blair Lekstrom says the mandate is a progressive step toward achieving goals and targets set out
in the BC Energy Plan.
Meanwhile, Lekstrom and Environment Minister Barry Penner also announced that B.C.’s Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory (MAML) will visit four locations in the Peace region this summer.
The MAML will monitor air quality for two to four weeks in the Kelly Lake/Toms Lake area, as well as Rolla, Farmington and Groundbirch.
In a news release sent out on Thursday, Lekstrom says although the Ministry is not aware of any air-quality issues in these areas, he says it’s important that air quality is monitored so that people throughout B.C. continue to enjoy the best air quality possible.