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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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13
February
2017

The Order of Things

Why following directions puts everyone ahead

What do you think of when you hear the word “order?” How about an angry army sergeant barking at new recruits? What about a friendly waitress writing down your favourite meal? Erin ...
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06
February
2017

Anatomy of a Blowout

A glance at the heart of an operation, and how AER keeps its finger on the pulse

Dissecting an oil and gas operation is no small undertaking. Wells reach deep into the earth to pull out oil and natural gas. Drilling and servicing operations have many moving parts and unique ...
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30
January
2017

Who You Gonna Call?

Need information on energy development? The AER can help, so can some others

If you’re among the tens of thousands of Albertans who live near oil and gas development, you likely know that sometimes you need help getting to the bottom of things. What you may not know is ...
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23
January
2017

The Regulator, Then and Now

Almost eight decades later, energy regulation in Alberta has come a long way.

For many, the start of a new year encourages us to reminisce about the ones gone by. But for the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), with nearly eight decades of history, this task is easier said than ...
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23
January
2017

Keeping a Lid on It

Caprock is key to ensuring fluids remain underground

If you were to look at a cross section of the subsurface geology, it might resemble a multi-layered cake. But instead of icing and chocolate, you’d find mudstone, silt, and sand ...
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16
January
2017

Drilling Deeper

Five things to know about in situ oil sands development

Oil sands development conjures images of giant trucks and shovels toiling in massive, open-pit mines. The fact is, over half of the production from Alberta’s oil sands occurs through in situ ...
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11
January
2017

Big Possibilities for a Big Play

Report shows Duvernay Formation has serious resource potential

The potential is massive, but the question is, can all of it be tapped? The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) recently published an independent assessment of what’s contained within the ...
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