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05
December
2016

What’s In the Flare?

Study seeks answers about fracking-related emissions

Sporting grey coveralls and a hard hat, Mike Brown has traded in his paper-pushing desk job for the cold and unknown. This is one of many days (and nights) that he and other Alberta Energy Regulator ...
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28
November
2016

Making Sense of Oil Dollars & Cents

While complex, there’s method to the oil-price madness

Seems simple enough—the price of oil, that is. It’s $47.60 per barrel, or $51.98 per barrel, or whatever it happens to be on any given day. It’s often expressed by West Texas ...
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28
November
2016

Let’s Talk Fracking

AER video explains how it’s done and how we ensure it’s safe

Hydraulic fracturing—commonly known as “fracking”—is in the news a lot. But you may be surprised to learn that it’s not that new. Hydraulic fracturing—a ...
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28
November
2016

Not Every Crisis Calls for Protective Gear

Bonnyville field centre staff donate to crisis centre

Crises take many shapes; sometimes it’s a well blowout, other times it’s a community in need. When the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) Bonnyville Field Centre staff learned that ...
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21
November
2016

Conversation, not Confrontation

Synergy groups bring communities and companies to the table

On Christmas Day, 1974, Judy Winter and her husband took ownership of a family farm in a community that looks very different today. From her kitchen window, Winter can see the Rockies, cows in the ...
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14
November
2016

Stepping on the Gas

Five Things to know about liquefied natural gas

Natural gas is a very handy hydrocarbon. It heats homes and warms dinners, it fires barbeques and power plants; it even fuels some vehicles and industrial operations. The problem is, given its ...
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07
November
2016

Blast from the Past: Atlantic No. 3

This week 68 years ago, Alberta’s biggest blowout gasped its final breath

Almost seven decades ago, a drilling rig towering high over an empty field ignited more than just the ground it stood on. No one expected a 150-foot blast of oil to explode out of the Atlantic No. ...
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07
November
2016
For many Canadians, the closest we’ve come to war is by watching movies. However, for the 2.3 million Canadians who have served in the military, as peacekeepers or in other capacities, war is an all too real experience. Remembrance Day is ...
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31
October
2016

47 Wells, 1 Application, 1 Decision

The AER is piloting a new single application, single decision approach

Each year, the AER receives more than 40 000 applications that can include everything from a request to access a parcel of land, to a request for approval to drill a well, to a request for water ...
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31
October
2016

For What It’s Worth

There’s good news and bad news for Alberta’s energy industry

The value of Alberta’s energy resource production—marketable bitumen, conventional oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, sulphur, and coal—was $67.1 billion in 2015. That’s a ...
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