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24
April
2017

Building it Old School: Alberta’s First Pipeline

In April 1912, construction began on the Bow Island pipeline

Today, Alberta’s oil and gas pipelines stretch over 422 000 kilometres across the province, but this wasn’t always the case. Over a century ago, Alberta’s first natural gas pipeline ...
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18
April
2017

Super-Powered Backpack

Gas measuring device plays a critical role when responding to emergencies

Making the invisible visible doesn’t take superpowers. It takes the right technology. AER staff testing air quality with the infrared spectrometer. The AER uses an air-quality ...
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10
April
2017

Moving it to Market

Traveling along with Alberta’s natural gas, oil, and coal in 2016

Alberta’s energy resources—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 ...
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04
April
2017

Making the Most Out of a Challenging Year

The AER says fewer wells were drilled last year

Alberta’s oil and gas producers found themselves navigating through some turbulence in 2016 with the continued trend of low global crude oil prices and weak natural gas prices. But even when ...
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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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