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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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11
January
2017

Leading the Way

AER CEO recognized for leadership

Typically, it’s the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER’s) job to grade others’ work against regulatory expectations and standards. But tables turned this week, as the ...
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03
January
2017

Seeking the Sound of Silence

AER requirements keep energy industry noise in check

If you’re in the noise business, what do you value most in your free time? Quiet. “Overall I’m a sensitive guy, and I work on noise,” Jason Cao says with a smile. ...
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19
December
2016

A 360-Degree Perspective

“Super inspection” puts Alberta’s energy facilities to the test

It’s not “business as usual” to see 34 coverall-clad inspectors crawling over one energy site in less than a week, but it soon will be. Earlier this year, staff from three ...
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12
December
2016

The ABCs of NGLs

From wellhead to plastics, cooking gadgets, and fuel: five things about natural gas liquids

When you hear the word “propane,” do you envision the tanks sitting beside your barbecue, or does the term natural gas liquids (NGLs) come to mind? It’s a question worth ...
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12
December
2016

Going Sideways

Almost 90 per cent of oil wells added in 2015 were horizontal

Weak oil prices are translating into fewer wells being drilled and placed on production in Alberta. However, the percentage of horizontal wells is on the rise. The number of crude oil wells (also ...
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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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