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23
May
2017

Packing Up The Pencil Crayons

Retiring EVP Cal Hill reflects on how Alberta’s energy industry—and its regulator—has changed

Cal Hill had never been anywhere. So in 1980, with a freshly minted geology degree and a new job with Alberta’s oil and gas regulator, his plan was to work a few years, pocket some cash, then ...
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15
May
2017

Lessons The Beast Taught Us

The Fort McMurray wildfires proved that even a strong emergency response can be made stronger

Abandoned vehicles scattered on Highway 63 as their drivers fled Fort McMurray in May 2016. The cozy smells of coffee, melted butter, and maple syrup from a Mother’s Day breakfast still ...
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15
May
2017

Award Not Water Off a Duck’s Back

AER employee recognized for leadership in water innovation

It goes without saying that water is our most valuable resource. Michael Bevan was recognized for leadership in water innovation. Ask Mike Bevan, an advisor with the Alberta Energy ...
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09
May
2017

Getting Down and Dirty for Research

AER staff slog in the muck to collect samples for study

Sometimes it’s a dirty job. Last fall, the AER and Alberta Health kicked off a study to discover what substances are present during the “flowback” phase of hydraulic fracturing ...
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09
May
2017

CEO Seeks More Accountability

Jim Ellis talks tough on industry neglect

Jim Ellis doesn’t mince his words about orphan wells in Alberta. In a Calgary Herald article, the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER’s) president and CEO wouldn’t speculate ...
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01
May
2017

A Day Like No Other

An AER employee’s emotional experience during the Fort McMurray wildfires

It’s hard for Chuck MacDonald to think about that day early last May. It brings back memories and feelings that he’d rather keep tucked away in a place where they can’t get ...
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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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