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Clearing the Air

Partners respond to report recommendations to improve air quality for residents in Fort McKay

Flying towards Fort McKay over the dense mass of trees, your eye can’t help but follow the curving Athabasca River and dart around complex oil sands operations before getting caught on something… Read more

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First Tailings Pond Reclaimed

What was once a tailings pond is now a scenic lookout

Fifty years after its opening, Alberta’s first oil sands tailings pond is now the province’s first reclaimed tailings pond—a big deal for a big parcel of land. The 220-hectare site has gone from an… Read more

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Assessing the Impact

EIAs play an important role in how the AER protects the environment

The environment is a hot topic (and that’s not just a global warming pun). Canadians care deeply about how oil and gas development will affect the environment and their safety, and rightly so.… Read more

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This Little Piggy Went to Pipeline

Pigs aren’t only found on the farm; pipeline operators use pigs to keep lines free and clear.

Everyone knows that pigs will eat anything—that’s why farmers feed them slop. Pipeline pigs are no different, except that they don’t have cute, curly tails—they will clean up anything in their path.… Read more

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Some Superheroes are Automated, Not Animated

How automation is saving the day at the AER

Depositing money at the bank, checking into a flight, or placing an order at McDonalds —what doesn’t have an automated kiosk these days? Well, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) doesn’t, but it does… Read more

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When Voices Matter

AER book discusses parallels between western and indigenous decision-making models

All of our voices matter. Whether we speak in unison or one at a time, in one language or another, in harmony or in discord, we all have the right to be heard. We know indigenous peoples want their… Read more

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Emergency Response Goes Mobile in Cochrane

A synergy group helps its fire department by funding an incident command trailer.

The Town of Cochrane recently unveiled its new incident management trailer, funded by the Cochrane Pipeline Operators Committee—a synergy group that includes the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

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Conversations About Energy en Français

AER video series on resource development now in both of Canada’s official languages

When you travel to another country, it is important to learn a few key phrases to get around. Google translate can only do so much, and if you have ever asked for a “double-double” outside of Canada… Read more

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When Everyone Wins

Cleaning spills quicker benefits all concerned, including those responsible

It's rare that a change can benefit everyone, but when it happens, it leaves one wondering why the change took so long in the first place. The creation of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) was one… Read more

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Through an Inspector’s Eyes

Like a detective, Jodie Fedorak pieces together clues at energy sites to see if companies follow the rules.

Jodie Fedorak has lost track of the number of oil and gas sites she’s visited in her five years as a field inspector with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). From one corner of the province to… Read more

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