Frequently Asked Questions - Spatial Data

Well authorization numbers are assigned in the order in which the features are created in the shapefile. This order, indicated by the FID, can appear to be random when a shapefile is converted from a different format. To ensure these activity identifiers are assigned in the preferred order, we recommend generating the features in ArcGIS when possible.

The Data Source attributes are being used to infer accuracy and will replace the previously more detailed capture method requirements of ePass.

Applicants have the option to change/update some spatially derived workflows in AMS. The user will be required to provide rationale explaining why changes have been made to the spatial data and the updated fields will be denoted in a way that alerts the client and reviewer that a change was made.

There are two ways to correct this:

1. Go to the validate page and validate the application. After validation is complete, you will be see a “Process” button at the bottom of the validation page.  Press the button and all the spatially derived values that are showing red exclamation marks will be re-populated.
2. Click validate on the activity page and then click the process button in front of the UTM coordinates. 

The submission of an MOTI polygon in AMS is mandatory when an applicant requires new cut within the MOTI right-of-way.  If the application does not require new cut within an MOTI rights-of-way in the application, it is not mandatory to include the MOTI polygon.

In a new application you can upload new shapefiles under the "Spatial Data" tab  using the same steps when starting an application. The history of shapefiles uploaded in an application will show on the "Spatial Data" screen under "Spatial Submission Upload History".  There is no need to "remove" existing spatial data.

*PLEASE NOTE: Uploading a new spatial data package will overwrite all existing spatial and non-spatial data previously entered into the application.

In situations where the applicant is submitting spatial data to reference a previously permissioned polygon in a new application or replacing a previously permissioned polygon in an amendment, and there is no existing spatial data in Commission databases, the land identifier (LAND_ID) attribute must me left empty; this will be the case for all land authorizations approved by the Commission prior to ePass. In this situation Commission staff will review to ensure that the polygon is representative of previously authorized land for the applicant.

For more information please see the AMS Spatial Data Submission Standards.

Each polygon representing a land area, when authorized by the Commission, will be assigned a unique Land Identifier (LAND_ID). This number will be referenced throughout the lifecycle of the authorized land polygon. Applicants must reference the land identifier in the submission of spatial data via AMS when referencing a previously permissioned area in a new application or replacing a previously permissioned area during an amendment application.

Applicants can find their unique land identifiers for all currently authorized polygons via data published on the Commissions Geospatial Services page, the AMS Map Viewer OGC Permit Data and/or via the eSubmission portal if the user has been granted permission to access permit information on behalf of an operator. The following features contain land identifiers unique to each polygon:

  • Well and/or Facility Sites AMS
  • Pipeline Rights-of-Ways
  • Road Rights-of-Ways
  • Associated Oil and Gas Activities and Ancillary Activities

Currently the validation for new applications for installations requires them to be submitted within a pipeline rights of way polygon and within 10m of the associated segment. We are working on updates to the AMS system to submit installations outside of these validation rules, however, in the meantime we ask that clients submit their installation locations in the pipeline rights of way polygon in order to have the system validate installations for new applications.

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There have been changes to the spatial data requirements. A new Spatial Data Submission Standards Manual has been developed and more information on spatial requirements is found on the AMS Spatial webpage.

The ePASS system retired as of July 11, 2016. Spatial data now comes in via AMS or via eSubmission.

Spatial data now forms part of the application process and no longer needs to be submitted separately through ePASS. Once you begin your application and select the oil and gas activity types that are included in the application, the system will prompt you to upload the appropriate spatial data.