Regulation change under the Oil, Gas and Salt Resources Act: Regulating compressed air energy storage in porous rock reservoirs and solution-mined salt caverns
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Oil, Gas and Salt Resources Act
Summary of Decision:
Changes are being implemented by an amendment to Ontario Regulation 245/97 (Exploration, Drilling and Production) and will take effect October 1, 2018. The amending regulation, Ontario Regulation 237/18, was filed on April 11, 2018. The regulation adopts the Provincial Standards for Compressed Air Energy Storage Applications and Operations, Version 1.0.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
Total administrative costs of complying with the proposed regulation amendments is estimated to be between $4,000 and $10,000 each year. As CAES is a new activity in Ontario, this range of values represents a best estimate given the current state of experience with these activities.
October 13, 2017
Summary of Proposal:
Regulation under the Oil, Gas and Salt Resources Act framework will ensure that the compressed air energy storage activities associated with wells and subsurface areas would be conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner, and be designed, operated, decommissioned and abandoned in accordance with relevant standards.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
300 Water Street
October 1, 2018