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27
March
2017

Don’t Poke the Bear

The nature of environmental management at the AER

AER biologists ensure Alberta’s entire biodiversity is considered in energy development. This work includes advising AER decision-makers on project applications. Our biologists also ensure ...
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20
March
2017

All’s Well That Ends Well

Orphaned, abandoned, reclaimed: understanding how wells are classed

Albertans began prospecting for “black gold” more than a century ago. Years and years of drilling for oil and natural gas has resulted in more than just wealth for the ...
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13
March
2017

Keeping Mischief at Bay

Protecting Alberta’s energy industry from vandalism, theft a shared responsibility

Alberta’s energy industry spans the province; unsurprisingly, keeping Alberta’s energy facilities safe is a big job—and a vital one. Dennis Naas, manager of AER corporate ...
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06
March
2017

Crystal Balling the Energy Numbers

AER’s energy supply/demand report forecasts performance

Carol Crowfoot, vice president of Regulatory Development & Economics, plots out her economic predictions.     Fast Facts Alberta is Canada’s largest producer ...
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01
March
2017

‘Tis the season

Alberta’s oilpatch springs to life during the coldest months of the year

When the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER’s) Bonnyville field centre’s manager says “it’s gangbusters up here” on a routine call, you pay attention. Especially when ...
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01
March
2017

Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk

For the uninitiated, visiting a drilling rig is a learning experience

I’m from corporate. I work in the shiny head office in the shiny city of Calgary. But for three days, I traded in the business attire for the grey coveralls worn by the Alberta Energy ...
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01
March
2017

Company Pays Price for Spill

AER fines Murphy Oil for its 2015 pipeline spill near Peace River

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has fined Murphy Oil Company $172 500 for a 2015 pipeline spill near Peace River. This fine comes after the AER’s investigation into the spill, which found ...
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21
February
2017

Driving Pipeline Performance

A new program launches in Alberta to improve pipeline safety

Kirk Bailey, the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) executive vice president of operations, knew that more could be done to improve pipeline safety, and that the solution wasn’t to just ...
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15
February
2017

A Strong Response

The AER takes serious action against Lexin Resources

After several months and many attempts to bring Lexin Resources Ltd. into compliance, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has issued a corporate closure order, suspending licences for all company ...
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14
February
2017

Celebrating Alberta’s First Oil Triumph

Monday marked the 70th anniversary of historic Leduc well

Leduc No. 1 well site on February 13, 1947. Credit: Provincial Archives of Alberta, Harry Pollard Collection P2733 On a Monday, 70 years ago, an oilfield crew struck black gold in a farm field ...
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