Coalbed Methane

The AER regulates production of coalbed methane (CBM) in the same way it does other natural gas operations. The application, exploration, drilling, and production processes are all the same, as are the operational regulations.


  • Directive 035 Baseline Water Well Testing Requirement for Coalbed Methane Wells Completed Above the Base of Groundwater Protection
  • Directive 056 Energy Development Applications and Schedules
  • Directive 062 Coalbed Methane Control Well Requirements and Related Matters


  • Bulletin 2011-13 Coalbed Methane Control Well Zone Revisions
  • Bulletin 2011-36 Change to Pressure Testing Requirements for Coalbed Methane Pressure and Flow Control Wells

Informational Letters