ESAA Weekly News – Week ending October 8th, 2021

AER: New Alberta Environment and Parks Directive for In Situ Projects with Non-saline Groundwater in Contact with Bitumen

On September 29, 2021, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) issuedDirective for the Assessment of Non-saline Groundwater in Direct Contact with Bitumen for In Situ Operations. This directive sets out requirements that in situ operators that hold or are applying for an approval under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act must follow for assessing and managing non-saline groundwater in contact with bitumen.

For any questions about implementing this directive, please contact the AER at

For all other questions, please contact AEP at  

AER: New Statement of Concern Form

Today we released a new statement of concern (SOC) form. We updated it to make the submission process more user friendly. This new form will help us better understand the concerns of SOC filers and their prior engagement with applicants.

  • SOC filers can now submit the form and supporting documents online, as well as by email or regular mail.
  • The new form is in HTML format and is embedded on the AER website. As a result, the form can be viewed and submitted on various devices (e.g., cell phone, tablet, laptop etc.). 
  • The PDF version of the form has also been updated.
  • We added more detailed instructions to help filers clearly identify each concern and any documentation they wish to include.
  •  We have included information about additional resources that support engagement between concerned parties and applicants, such as our alternative dispute resolution program.
  • To enhance the clarity and efficiency of the SOC process, permissions associated with confidentiality and supplemental information are now requested up front, and a mechanism for SOC filers to request permission to file supporting documentation after the SOC filing deadline has been created.

We encourage SOC filers to use the new HTML form, but we will still accept other written formats. See our website for details of what an SOC must contain to be registered ( > Protecting What Matters > Giving Albertans a Voice > Statement of Concern). As required by the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice, SOC filers who submit their SOC in an alternative format must still request permission to file supporting documentation after the SOC filing deadline. Notices of application can be found on our Public Notice of Application webpage ( SOCs must be filed by the deadline given on the public notice of application. 

If you have any questions about the new form, please contact our Customer Contact Centre by phone at 403-297-8311 (1-855-297-8311 toll free) or by email at


AB: Subsoil Salinity Tool v.3.0.1 software upgrade and training

Alberta Environment and Parks has released a software upgrade for the Subsoil Salinity Tool, version 3.0.1.  SST reports prepared with version 3.0 prior to Dec. 1, 2021, can be submitted to the Alberta Energy Regulator and Alberta Environment and Parks in support of future reclamation or remediation certificate applications.

The following software bugs have been corrected;

  1. “Natural Area” land use in the “Poor” soil quality category for EC, the tool improperly displayed the root zone EC guideline directly as the 95th percentile (less than 10 dS/m) rather than the correct 10 dS/m (top of the category). 
  2. In Tier 2B scenarios, a water table entered as exactly 11 m had all guidelines calculate correctly, but displayed as 10 m on the output pdf reports.
  3. In commercial/industrial land use where the “Root-zone is sandy loam or coarser and the sat% <100%” checkbox is also checked the RZ SAR algorithm has been corrected to reduce the guideline from 20 to 12 when background SAR is low.
  4. A sporadic fault that caused open Excel files to suddenly close while using the tool.
  5. In some rare cases where the breakthrough time to the DUA was very short (e.g., close to zero), peak DUA breakthrough time displayed on the guideline page would be a large negative number rather than “~0”.

Other revisions are:

  1. The help button texts for sulfate, carbonate, and bicarbonate in soil have all been updated to be more consistent with text from User Manual. 
  2. Guideline calculation speed is now faster, particular for SAR when there are multiple subareas. 

No changes have been made to data file format – any data files  generated with Version 3.0 will be compatible with Version 3.0.1.


Documentary shines light on dark side of Alberta oil & gas: orphan wells

(Source: CBC News)  A new documentary asks the question, which may be an uncomfortable one for some Albertans, what happens when a symbol of wealth becomes a sign of decay?

Gillian McKercher was an engineer with ConocoPhillips until she was laid off in 2016. She took that opportunity to pivot towards one of her passions: storytelling.

“As a daughter of oil and gas, I always find myself coming back to the energy industry,” McKercher explains in her new documentary, Orphaned.

“I am fascinated by it and I want to make amends.”

And she’s not alone. Oil and gas runs through the family blood, including her father, Brent McKercher, a geologist since the late 1980s.

“In Canada alone, there are at least 475,000 conventional oil and gas sites that need to be cleaned up, at an estimated cost of $40-billion to $76-billion,” Gillian said.

“This is a non-partisan issue. Many companies can’t afford to take care of their liabilities; they will go bankrupt. So where is the money and the labour going to come from? How can the public keep the oil industry accountable to clean up. What about orphaned wells? Wells that no longer have an owner because its company went bankrupt. Who will clean them?”

The senior McKercher explains how the sites came to be.

“Some people raised money and probably didn’t have the expertise or experience to successfully run an oil and gas company,” Brent said.

“They certainly do want to get rich and be successful, but they don’t have the skill set. If that happens and the company goes bankrupt, I don’t know if they were bad actors or just poor managers.”

Alberta is at the heart of the problem because it produces about 80 per cent of the oil in Canada.

Between 2014 and 2020, 4,432 orphan wells were cleaned up. In 2021, there’s more than 2,600 that require attention, but many more sites will be considered orphaned once bankruptcy proceedings work their way through the legal system.

AER declines comment

The Alberta Energy Regulator, AER, manages activity in the province, interpreting law, in principle, to find a balance between public interest and industry. It’s also the parent of the Orphan Well Association, OWA.

The OWA is funded by industry levies and loans from the provincial and federal governments. OWA executive director Lars DePauw says it’s important to understand the terminology.

Abandoned, means a wellbore left in safe condition. Inactive, means a well that is capable of producing but is not doing so currently. An orphaned well occurs when there is no company to manage, and pay for, the decommissioning work.

The AER declined multiple requests for interviews for the documentary, but a former manager did agree to talk.

“We started to see the OWA numbers increase in 2014. It wasn’t a change in policy or regulation, it’s because the price of oil collapsed,” former AER EVP operations Mark Taylor said.

A University of Calgary legal expert says energy companies are focused on today’s profit, sometimes at the expense of long-term liabilities.

The companies “don’t want to incur the current cost on their balance sheet of those obligations,” Nigel Bankes explains.

“If the price of oil crashes, then all of a sudden you have got very few assets of any value and your liabilities haven’t changed.”

Brent said it’s acceptable for the public to be upset, as companies in the past have raked in massive profits, along with taxpayer subsidies. 

“What’s going to happen? Who is cleaning this stuff up? But we are. The government is. Government has some liability there, too, because when a company went bankrupt, nothing was done. It’s an ‘everyone’ problem.”

And it’s that total cost approach, from breaking ground to remediation, that Taylor says is needed to separate the good business models from the bad.

$1.7B in federal help

“Will tougher rules and forcing companies to spend a certain percentage of their cash flow every year to work on their inactive wells, cause some companies to go insolvent? I would say probably they will,” Taylor said.

“But that’s more of a problem of them not having a good business case than it is for the province saying, ‘You have to start looking after the mess you are creating.'”

He adds that, it’s hardly an industry that can’t afford to collectively clean up after themselves.

“There are still trillions of dollars of oil and gas left in the ground. In general, the industry is not broken. They are not sitting on a house of cards with way more in liabilities than they are ever going to have the ability to pay.”

In addition to the 2,600 orphan wells needing cleanup this year, a staggering 100,000 wells are inactive, that will also require attention.

Last year in the spring, the federal government committed $1.7-billion for site clean up in the three western provinces.

More than 2,000 of those sites are on First Nation land, 400 of which are on the Frog Lake First Nation in central Alberta.

“Frog Lake’s best days, it was producing 10,000 barrels a day. Today we are probably 250 barrels a day,” Chief Greg Desjarlais said.

“The majority of us have been accustomed to this life: of oil and gas, of land disturbance, of revenue sharing, and becoming millionaires overnight, at one time, eight years ago.”

‘I believe there is good and bad’ says Elder

A Frog Lake Elder, Agnes Abraham, married into the nation in the 1960s, so she knows what the land looked like before and after development.

“I believe there is good and bad,” Abraham said of industrial development.

The landscape changed dramatically, she said, and now’s the time to  restore it.

“I think they should grow whatever was lost, at least some of

Casadaya Marty is a student and a young person focused on change.

I think the bigger picture is looking seven generations ahead of yourself. It’s a scary time to be us. What if there’s no clean water? What if that runs out? We rely so much off of the land as Indigenous people. We’ve made a livelihood off of it and it’s how we have survived, hundreds of years ago.”

One of her peers, Kierra Saddleback, says the problem of orphan well cleanup will require collaboration.

“People with different perspectives need to be in this conversation to get to the answer. It’s something that needs to be done together. You can’t put all of the work on one person.”

‘Intergenerational equity’

Marty and Saddleback are focused on intergenerational equity.

U of C legal prof Bankes, explains the concept.

“It means, among other things, that we leave to our children and grandchildren a world, an Earth that is inhabitable and worth living in,” he said.

“In the context of orphan wells, I think it simply means that you don’t boot off to the next generation the cost of abandoning all of those wells when the prior generation has reaped all the rewards.”

Daryl Bennett is also focused on leaving a positive legacy. He’s a farmer and the director of the Action Surface Rights Association.

“In my perspective, it’s getting worse in the regulatory side because the government perspective seems to be, we need all this economic development,” Bennett said.

“We don’t care what you do, just get out there and build something so you are creating jobs and paying taxes. It seems the boards are overlooking more things and making it easier for industry to come in and do what they want to do.” 


Homes near fracking sites in B.C. have higher levels of some pollutants, study finds

(Source: Vancouver Sun)  VANCOUVER — A new study has found homes close to where fracking was used to extract natural gas in British Columbia have higher levels of certain organic pollutants, which may lead to short- and long-term health effects.

Elyse Caron-Beaudoin, lead author and a professor in the department of health and society at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, said researchers took water and air samples from the homes of 85 pregnant women in the Peace River area of B.C. for one week.

Pregnant women were recruited for the study because of the potential negative health effects of living close to natural gas wells using fracking, including higher rates of preterm births, low birth weight and heart malformations, she said.

Fracking is a process that injects fluids deep underground to release natural gas.

The study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment this week, measured a number of different chemicals in the homes of the pregnant women and compared the results with the general Canadian population to see if there were any differences, she said.

Researchers found that the amount and proximity of natural gas wells to the home were linked to higher levels of certain chemical contaminants, they said a news release.

Caron-Beaudoin said results showed that air samples in homes near the natural gas well sites had higher levels of chemicals used in fracking, such as acetone and chloroform, and those same contaminants were found in their study subjects.

“We cannot say that hydraulic fracturing activity was causing the levels of acetone and chloroform in those residences, but we can say that they were associated with each other,” she said in an interview.

The study says there is a need to assess health risks associated with fracking given the documented effects of prenatal exposure to volatile organic chemicals used in these operations, and the growing evidence suggesting associations with poorer birth outcomes.

Caron-Beaudoin said the study also found higher levels of chemicals in the homes of Indigenous study participants than others.

While researchers are unsure why levels were higher in Indigenous homes, she said it could be associated with ethnicity and socioeconomic status all being linked to heightened health risks from industrial activities.

“There seems to be a disproportionate environmental burden towards Indigenous (people),” she said.

B.C. has about 10,000 active wells, and the study says the area could potentially see an increase in their number to more than 100,000.

The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission said in an email response about the study that it is committed to protecting public safety and the environment in the area where oil and gas activities take place.

It said it would thoroughly review the study to understand the findings.

“Within northeast B.C., there are both fixed monitoring stations recording air quality data and ambient air monitoring equipment deployed in the field,” the statement said.

“In response to health concerns, the Ministry of Health led a three-phase human health risk assessment exploring concerns about human health risks relating to oil and gas activities. The project began in 2012 and all phases have been completed.”

Caron-Beaudoin said Canada is one of the largest producers of natural gas in the world, yet there are virtually no studies on the potential health impacts of the industry.

“So, I think is quite interesting and worthy of attention.”


Southern California beaches, marshland under threat after massive oil spill

(Source: CBC News)  Officials investigating one of California’s largest oil spills are looking into whether a ship’s anchor may have struck a pipeline on the ocean floor, causing the massive leak of crude, authorities said Tuesday.

The head of the company that operates the pipeline said divers have examined more than 2,430 metres of pipe and are focusing on “one area of significant interest.”

An anchor striking the pipeline is “one of the distinct possibilities” behind the leak, Amplify Energy CEO Martyn Willsher told a news conference.

Coast Guard officials said cargo ships entering the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach routinely pass through the area.

“We’re looking into if it could have been an anchor from a ship, but that’s in the assessment phase right now,” said Coast Guard Lt.-Cmdr. Jeannie Shaye.

Houston-based Amplify Energy operates three oil platforms about 14 kilometres off the coast of California, all installed between 1980 and 1984. The company also operates a pipeline that carries oil from a processing platform to an onshore storage facility in Long Beach. The company has said the oil appears to be coming from a rupture in that pipeline about 6.5 kilometres from the platform.

Over the years, Amplify has been cited 72 times for safety and environmental violations that were severe enough that drilling had to be curtailed or stopped to fix the problem, regulatory records show.

In all, the Amplify subsidiary known as Beta Operating Co. has been cited 125 times since 1980, according to a database from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the federal agency that regulates the offshore oil and gas industry. The online database provides only the total number of violations, not the details for each infraction.

The leak sent an estimated 572,800 litres of heavy crude into the ocean waters, fouling the sands of Huntington Beach and other coastal communities. The spill could keep beaches closed for weeks or longer.

Environmentalists had feared the oil might devastate birds and marine life in the area. But Michael Ziccardi, a veterinarian and director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, said only four oily birds had been found so far. One suffered chronic injuries and had to be euthanized, he said.

“It’s much better than we had feared,” he said at a news conference Monday.

Ziccardi said he’s “cautiously optimistic,” but it’s too soon to know the extent of the spill’s effect on wildlife. In other offshore oil spills, the largest number of oiled birds have been collected two to five days after the incident, he said.

The Biden administration was working with state and local partners to contain the spill, assess the effects and “address potential causes,” said White House spokesperson Jen Psaki

Some residents, business owners and environmentalists questioned whether authorities reacted quickly enough to contain the spill. People who live and work in the area said they noticed an oil sheen and a heavy petroleum smell Friday evening.

Booms were deployed on the ocean surface Sunday to try to contain the oil while divers sought to determine where and why the leak occurred. On land, there was a race to find animals harmed by the oil and to keep the spill from harming any more sensitive marshland.

But it was not until Saturday afternoon that the Coast Guard said an oil slick had been spotted and a unified command established to respond. And it took until Saturday night for the company to shut down the pipeline.

Rick Torgerson, owner of Blue Star Yacht Charter, said on Friday evening “people were emailing, and the neighbours were asking, ‘Do you smell that?'” By Saturday morning, boats were returning to the marina with their hulls covered in oil, he said.

Some of the oil washed up on the shores of Orange County. The city and state beaches at Huntington Beach were closed, and late Sunday the city of Laguna Beach, just to the south, said its beaches also were closed.

Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said the beaches of the community nicknamed Surf City could remain closed for weeks or even months. The oil created a kilometres-wide sheen in the ocean and washed ashore in sticky black globules.

“In a year that has been filled with incredibly challenging issues, this oil spill constitutes one of the most devastating situations that our community has dealt with in decades,” Carr said.

Willsher, the CEO of Amplify, said the pipeline and the company’s three platforms were shut down Saturday night. The 28.16-kilometre pipeline that is 24 to 30 metres below the surface was suctioned out so no more oil would spill while the location of the leak was being investigated.

Crews led by the Coast Guard-deployed skimmers laid some 1,130 metres of floating barriers known as booms to try to stop more oil from seeping into areas including Talbert Marsh, a 10-hectare wetland, officials said.

The spill comes three decades after a massive oil leak hit the same stretch of Orange County coast. On Feb. 7, 1990, the oil tanker American Trader ran over its anchor off Huntington Beach, spilling nearly 1.6 million litres of crude. Fish and about 3,400 birds were killed.

In 2015, a ruptured pipeline north of Santa Barbara sent some 541,300 litres of crude oil gushing onto Refugio State Beach.

The area affected by the latest spill is home to threatened and endangered species, including a plump shorebird called the snowy plover, the California least tern and humpback whales.


Remediation Technology News and Resource

(The following are selected items from the US EPA’s Tech Direct –


Upcoming Live Internet Seminars

ITRC Long-term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls – October 14, 2021, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 GMT). Institutional controls (ICs) are administrative or legal restrictions that provide protection from exposure to contaminants on a site. When ICs are jeopardized or fail, direct exposure to human health and the environment can occur. While a variety of guidance and research to date has focused on the implementation of ICs, ITRC’s Long-term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls (IC-1, 2016) guidance and this associated training class focuses on post-implementation IC management, including monitoring, evaluation, stakeholder communications, enforcement, and termination. The ITRC guidance and training will assist those who are responsible for the management and stewardship of ICs. After attending the training, participants will be able to: describe best practices and evolving trends for IC management at individual sites and across state agency programs; use this guidance to improve IC reliability and prevent IC failures, improve existing, or develop new, IC Management programs, identify the pros and cons about differing IC management approaches; use the tools to establish an LTS plan for specific sites; and use the elements in the tools to understand the information that should populate an IC registry or data management system. For more information and to register, see or

ITRC Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Rock – October 19, 2021, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 GMT). The basis for this training course is the ITRC guidance: Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Rock. The purpose of this guidance is to dispel the belief that fractured rock sites are too complex to characterize and remediate. The physical, chemical and contaminant transport concepts in fractured rock have similarities to unconsolidated porous media, yet there are important differences. By participating in this training class, you should learn to use ITRC’s Fractured Rock Document to guide your decision making so you can: develop quality Conceptual Site Models (CSMs) for fractured rock sites, set realistic remedial objectives, select the best remedial options, monitor remedial progress and assess results, and value an interdisciplinary site team approach to bring collective expertise to improve decision making and to have confidence when going beyond containment and monitoring — to actually remediating fractured rock sites. For more information and to register, see or

ITRC Sustainable Resilient Remediation (SRR) – October 21, 2021, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 GMT). Extreme weather events and wildfires are increasing and impacting hazardous waste sites. The primary goal of cleanups, which is protecting human health and the environment, is undermined. Confronted with these risks, environmental professionals should assess, and design remedies that are sustainable and resilient. Sustainable resilient remediation (SRR) is an optimized solution to cleaning up and reusing a hazardous waste site that limits negative environmental impacts, maximizes social and economic benefits, and creates resilience against increasing threats. The objective of the ITRC Sustainable Resilient Remediation (SRR-1) is to provide resources and tools for regulators, stakeholders, consultants, and responsible parties to help integrate sustainable and resilient practices into remediation projects. This guidance updates the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council’s (ITRC) Technical and Regulatory Guidance: Green and Sustainable Remediation: A Practical Framework (ITRC 2011a) and includes a strong resilience component to address the increasing threat of extreme weather events and wildfires. Recommendations for careful and continuous consideration of the social and economic costs and benefits of a cleanup project are included. For more information and to register, see or

ITRC Connecting the Science to Managing LNAPL Sites, a 3 Part Series – October 26, November 2 and 9. The newly updated LNAPLs (Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids) 3-part training course series is based on the ITRC guidance: LNAPL Site Management: LCSM Evolution, Decision Process, and Remedial Technologies (LNAPL-3, 2018) and focuses on connecting the science to managing LNAPL sites and helping you: build upon your understanding of LNAPL behavior in the subsurface (Part 1), develop your LNAPL conceptual site model and LNAPL remedial goals (Part 2), and select/implement LNAPL technologies (Part 3). After this training series, the expectation is that you will have the skills and understanding to use ITRC science-based resources to improve decision making at your LNAPL sites. For regulators and other government agency staff, this improved understanding can hopefully be incorporated into your own LNAPL programs. It is expected that participants will attend this 3-part training series in sequence. For more information and to register, see or

ITRC Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization – November 4, 2021, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 GMT). The Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization Team has synthesized the knowledge about dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) site characterization and remediation acquired over the past several decades, and has integrated that information into a new document, Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization and Tools Selection (ISC-1, 2015). This guidance is a resource to inform regulators, responsible parties, other problem holders, consultants, community stakeholders, and other interested parties of the critical concepts related to characterization approaches and tools for collecting subsurface data at DNAPL sites. After this associated training, participants will be able to use the guidance to develop and support an integrated approach to DNAPL site characterization, including: identify what site conditions must be considered when developing an informative DNAPL conceptual site model (CSM); define an objectives-based DNAPL characterization strategy; understand what tools and resources are available to improve the identification, collection, and evaluation of appropriate site characterization data; and navigate the DNAPL characterization tools table and select appropriate technologies to fill site-specific data gaps. For more information and to register, see or

New Documents and Web Resources

Updated Vapor Intrusion Focus Area. Vapor intrusion refers to the migration of chemical vapors from a subsurface source, such as contaminated soil, groundwater, or utility conduit, into an overlying building or structure. Vapor-forming chemicals that potentially can provide subsurface sources for vapor intrusion include chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, elemental mercury, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Although this issue area focuses on vapor intrusion, groundwater intrusion can be a source of vapors in indoor air. Groundwater intrusion occurs when the water table is elevated, such as following a heavy rain, and floods the lower level of a building. For more information and to access the updated Focus Area, please visit

Technology Innovation News Survey Corner. The Technology Innovation News Survey contains market/commercialization information; reports on demonstrations, feasibility studies and research; and other news relevant to the hazardous waste community interested in technology development. Recent issues, complete archives, and subscription information is available at The following resources were included in recent issues:

    • Former Breneman Site Oswego County Oswego, New York Final Engineering Report
    • Final Remedial Design Report Soil Vapor Extraction and Treatment System and In Situ Bioremediation Bandera Road Ground Water Plume Superfund Site Bexar County, Texas
    • Summary of Environmental Investigation and Remediation, A-Street Ditch Segment 1 Pilot Study
    • Guide for Development of Sample Collection Plans for Radiochemical Analytes in Outdoor Building and Infrastructure Materials Following Homeland Security Incidents
    • Year 3 Data Package Enhanced Natural Recovery/Activated Carbon Pilot Study Lower Duwamish Waterway
    • Review of Phytoremediation Technologies for Radiological Contamination
    • GIS and Site Assessment Project



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Ecora was launched in 2010 as a forestry and environmental services firm thanks to the vision of four established businessmen: Kelly Sherman, Dan Bernier, Dave Myers and Shikun Ran. The quartet had previously combined their skills with another company but they each held a strong belief that a new direction was needed to attain more predominant success and so they branched out on their own. We then joined forces with Mike Young, a civil engineer who has a deep resume of completed projects in the Okanagan region dating back to 1995. Young joined the firm as an equal partner, and it was at that time when Ecora officially expanded into the engineering space.

Our friendly and passionate team offers a full spectrum of consulting services in natural resource, and engineering to our diverse clients in forestry, oil and gas, municipal developments, environmental, alternative energy, and other industries. In addition to these clients, we provide services and support to meet the unique needs of various First Nations communities.


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VIRTUAL 2021 Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop

  1. Registration for RPIC’s Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop is Now Open!

Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) invites you to the inaugural VIRTUAL 2021 Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop, which will be held on November 15-18, 2021. The Virtual Workshop will be a unique opportunity to hear from government and industry leaders.  

Some topics on our agenda include:

  • Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
  • Socio-economics and Indigenous Engagement
  • Northern Site Challenges

Why register in our inaugural VIRTUAL 2021 Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop? There are many reasons to attend, but to name just three:

1. This Virtual Workshop will be a unique opportunity to hear from and network with government and industry leaders
2. 4 days of concurrent sessions and keynote speakers
3. A chance to celebrate our amazing award winners!

There’s still time to get your tickets! This workshop will be held on November 15-18, 2021, and registration is open now for you to reserve your spot.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Training Event: Additional OneStop Record of Site Condition (RoSC) Training

Effective July 8, 2021, industry is required to submit all Records of Site Condition (RoSCs) and associated professional reports using OneStop (with the exception of submissions required under an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) approval for mining operations). 

To further assist industry, we will be hosting virtual training sessions that will provide more detailed information on submitting the RoSC in OneStop, including a brief overview of the form, several site examples, and common errors.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions and familiarize yourself with the process. 

  • OCT 25 Mon, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM MDT
  • OCT 27 Wed, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM MDT
  • NOV 1 Mon, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM MDT
  • NOV 3 Wed, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM MDT


To register, sign up through Eventbrite.  

For more information about OneStop, visit our website or contact the AER’s Customer Contact Centre by phone at 403-297-8311 (1-855-297-8311 toll-free) or by email to


Subsoil Salinity Tool Training Courses

Equilibrium Environmental has scheduled SST Version 3.0 training courses for the dates shown below, both for a full 3.5-day certification course (for not-yet-certified practitioners) and for a 1.5-day update course (for previously certified practitioners).  It is not mandatory for practitioners who are already certified in a previous version of the tool to retake the full certification course / exam, though it is highly recommended to take at least a 1.5-day update course (or audit the full course as a refresher but with no exam) if certified prior to Version 3.0.  Recently-released build 3.0.1 will be used for the courses, which includes some minor big fixes and updates from the previous 3.0.0 release.

Full 3.5 day certification course

This 3.5 day course includes three days of instruction on theory, software tool operation, and case studies, with the exam on the morning of the fourth day morning (four-hour comprehensive exam). Students achieving a passing mark (80%) will obtain AEP certification and a certificate number registered at AEP for submitting SST assessments. The course will include instruction on the newest Version 3.0 including the subsoil SAR/sodium module, along with some comparisons to Version 2.5.3 to provide context for the numerous updates/upgrades in Version 3.0.

Dates:        Tue Oct 26 – Friday Oct 29

Location:    Online

1.5 day update course

This 1.5 day update course provides a description of changes to chloride guideline calculations from the previous version (v2.5.3), and also describes the SAR and sodium guideline calculations introduced into Version 3.0. The course will include a combination of theory, software tool operation, and case studies. This course does not include an exam and will not provide SST certification. This course is for previously certified SST practitioners only.

Dates:         Thur Oct 21 – Friday Oct 22

Location:     Online

For further information, please email or contact Equilibrium Environmental at 403-286-9374 or visit for a copy of the registration forms. 

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