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Putting Companies Under the Microscope

The AER issues new regulatory requirements to weed out bad operators

Companies wanting to operate in Alberta’s oil and gas industry will find themselves being examined through a stronger lens before they’re given the green light to do business in the province. The… Read more

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How the West was Won: Alberta’s First Oil Well

In 1902, the Lineham Discovery Well No. 1 became Western Canada’s First Oil Producing Well

When driving along the scenic Akamina Parkway through Waterton Lakes National Park, it’s hard to believe early entrepreneurs struck oil in the rustic valley over a century ago. In the late 1800s,… Read more

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Getting the Global Party Started

The AER welcomes delegations from 13 countries for an energetic dialogue

What do you do when the international community knocks on your door some 30 times a year, eager to learn more about best practices in energy regulation? If you’re the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER),… Read more

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Recognizing Women in Energy

AER vice president awarded for her work in energy

According to Statistics Canada, women “remain less likely to choose a career in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.” Their report helps explain the importance of… Read more

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Making OneStop the Only Stop

New technology will help the AER be a more efficient and protective regulator

Decisions are required on oil and gas development approvals at every step. This can prove daunting for industry, the public, and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). In response, the AER has adopted… Read more

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Why We Give a Dam

How much do you know about the dams used in energy development?

Whether for canoeing or kayaking, ice fishing or paddle boarding, Albertans everywhere flock to the lake year-round for outdoor fitness and fun. What some don’t know is that we owe many of these… Read more

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Modernizing a Moving Mountain’s Monitoring System

How the AGS went high-tech to upgrade Turtle Mountain’s early warning system

The mountain is moving. Likely a sentence you’d rather not hear, regardless of where you are in the world. But it’s a reality for residents of the Crowsnest Pass area in southwestern Alberta, where… Read more

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See You in Court

Supreme Court opens door to AER appeal of Redwater decision

Picture oil and gas companies walking away from thousands of wells, receivers of insolvent companies selling off the good assets and casting aside the bad ones, and Albertans being on the hook to… Read more

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A Sweet End for Sour Wells

South Calgary residents get a rare view of sour well abandonment

Calgary’s new communities in the south offer a lot to residents, including scenic vistas and a quick exit to the foothills and mountains. Now residents can add another item to the list: the rare… Read more

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Mediation and the Three Bears

How mediation helps find a solution that’s just right for everyone

Sometimes we need to tell stories a little differently to help readers understand what a process is truly about. This is one of those times. Once upon a time there were three bears that lived in… Read more

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