Winter Drilling Season


Winter Drilling Season

As announced in AER Bulletin 2014-25 this July, the AER is continuing to improve and enhance our authorizations process for exploration programs. It is important to ensure timely decisions are made for operations where access is limited during the winter season.

This information will assist in explaining the processes to streamline applications so that decisions can be made in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Supporting Documentation:

Manual 008: Oil Sands and Coal Exploration Application Guide

Bulletin 2014-26: Release of Manual 008: Oil Sands Exploration and Coal Exploration Application Guide

Industry Information Sessions Announcement - August 20, 2014

Contact Information:

General inquiries:  or 1-855-297-8311.

Technical questions about application requirements:

Technical questions about an approved OSE program or CEP or application: Land-use officer in the region where the program is located.