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22
August
2016

No Stone Unturned

Detailed site inspections determine if industry’s reclamation work is up to snuff

Imagine a view of lush trees, native grasses, and picturesque wetlands filled with lively beavers, birds, and butterflies. This site 30 minutes to the west of Edmonton, near Wabamun, didn’t always ...
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22
August
2016

Five Places That Will “Rock” Your World

Geological attractions that, like Pokémon Go, will get you off the couch and into Alberta

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you or someone you know is playing Pokémon Go. In Alberta, Pokémon hunters have been spotted everywhere from graveyards to mountain tops. The good news ...
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15
August
2016

Mapping the Danger Zone

Sometimes the solution to a problem is right in front of you — it just takes a spark to see it.

Like most Albertans, Eileen Rubiera was concerned when she heard about the wildfires near Fort McMurray. Rubiera, a geographic information system (GIS) manager with the AER, knew how difficult it ...
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15
August
2016

Building Bridges over Troubled Waters

Alternative dispute resolution helps stakeholders overcome conflicts

Swiss psychologist Carl Jung said that the most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. That’s why alternative dispute resolution ...
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08
August
2016

Why the Earth Moves in Fox Creek

The AER is studying how oil and gas activity triggers seismic activity

Residents of Fox Creek felt the ground tremble on January 12, 2016. The reason: a 4.8 magnitude (ML) earthquake just 35 km from the northern Alberta town. The quake was the fourth over 4 ML to ...
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08
August
2016

The Laws of Gravity and Murphy Apply

Five things to know about Alberta’s energy economy

The past year has been educational for those who took Alberta’s previously strong energy economy for granted. We’ve learned that our economy is a bit like an orchid: finicky, it responds to ...
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01
August
2016

Energy Data at Your Fingertips

AER moves Alberta’s energy supply/demand outlook report online

With a few simple clicks, Albertans can now find the information they need on Alberta’s energy reserves and production through our new interactive online approach to ST98-2016: Alberta's Energy ...
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01
August
2016

Going Places

Where Alberta’s natural gas, crude oil, and coal went in 2015

Alberta’s energy resources—crude oil, natural gas, and coal—are in demand. Our biggest customer continues to be the United States, though markets in Alberta, across Canada, and in Asia and ...
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25
July
2016

Bringing Big Thinkers to the Table

Those with the biggest stake in oil sands tailings helped develop new AER requirements

The fluid tailings generated by oil sands mines are a big issue in Alberta—one that requires some big thinking to resolve. So when it comes to designing new rules to address tailings, what could ...
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25
July
2016

Sniffing Out Sour Gas

Air monitoring units detect and measure harmful gases

Regulating energy operations isn’t limited to what’s going on above and below ground – it also applies to the air we breathe. The AER’s two air-monitoring units (AMUs), which measure gas ...
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