Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements (PSL®)


  • September 27, 2017 from 8:30am to 4:30pm


This seminar is intended for surface land agents and other industry personnel.  The instructor(s) will focus on Emergency Response Preparedness, Key Regulatory Requirements and Stakeholder Consultation Expectations for the Petroleum Industry in Alberta as outlined in the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Directive 71.


The course material will inform participants of Emergency Response Plan (ERP) requirements associated with sour gas and oil development in Alberta.  The one day training session will thoroughly review Directive 71 and provide clarity regarding the interaction between Directive 56 and Directive 71 during the lifecycle of a drilling, pipeline or facility project.

The course material will focus on emergency response terminology, public consultation/notification requirements, hazard assessments and cite several industry emergency examples.

The training will also give the participants a good understanding of the emergency preparedness expectations outlined in the Directive 71.  The guideline(s) state that a licensee must undertake training sessions on a regular basis for fulfilling functions defined in its ERP in accordance with CAN/CSA Z-731 and the provincial energy authority (AER) to ensure that responsible personnel retain competency in emergency response procedures.

The instructor will also facilitate a mock scenario so that participants have a better understanding of response protocols, safety considerations, communication requirements and government agency support.

The seminar will cover the following topics:

  1. The ERP Regulatory Framework
  2. Why is there a need for Emergency Response Plans?
  3. How does Directive 56 fit in with Directive 71?
  4. Hazard Assessments (or H2S release Rate Determination)
  5. Planning Zones
  6. When do you need a site specific Emergency Response Plan?
  7. Public Involvement and Stakeholder Information Collection
  8. Project Life Cycles
  9. What is in an Emergency Response Plan?
  10. Mock Scenario


Chris Bijl

A seasoned leader with an esteemed military career, Chris Bijl brings close to three decades of experience to Black Gold as a Senior Emergency Response Planner.  He is certified to the Incident Command System 300 level and constantly strives to increase his knowledge about the industry.

Chris has spent the last nine years working directly with clients in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry.  His 28 years of operational and administrative experience as a senior manager in the Canadian Forces includes two United Nations tours as a Military Observer.  This specialized training and experience gives Chris a unique advantage.  He applies these skills today by helping clients prepare, coordinate and execute responses to all types of operational emergencies and threats.

Chris holds a BA from Saint Francis Xavier University and BSc. in Information Technology from DeVry University.

Major (Retired) Bijl has received several awards for his work in the Departmental Advisory Group for Persons With Disabilities:

  • The Defence Diversity Council Certificate of Recognition.
  • A Commander 41 Canadian Brigade Group Commendation.
  • The Department of National Defense Human Resources Management Award in Employment Enquiry.

He has received the following medals for service with the Canadian Forces:

  • Canadian Forces Service Medal for Peacekeeping (medal).
  • United Nations Peacekeeping Medal for the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) (medal).

Chantale Reitenbach

A natural leader and strategist, Project Manager/Senior Emergency Response Planner, Chantale Reitenbach is instrumental in developing and maintaining Emergency Response Plans for a wide range of clients.  With over a decade of experience in this field, Chantale focuses on building practical programs following the regular guidelines that meet clients' needs and long term goals.

Prior to joining Black Gold, Chantale completed her BA in Psychology, followed by her BComm in Finance.

Chantale has training in Basic Emergency Management - AEMA, ICS 100 - 300, Project Management, Emergency First Aid Level A CPR and AED and WHMIS.

Chantale brings enthusiasm and resourcefulness to each of her projects in a continued effort to deliver value and improve efficiencies.

Over the last 25 years, Chantale has played women's soccer at the national and provincial level and is also a competitive runner.  She also coaches her two young daughters in soccer.

CAPL Credits: 6 Credits
AAPL Credits: 6 Credits
Fee: CAPL Member $350 plus GST
  Non-Member $450 plus GST
This course is Complete.