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14
February
2017
Leduc No. 1 well site on February 13, 1947. Credit: Provincial Archives of Alberta, Harry Pollard Collection P2733 On a Monday, 70 years ago, an oilfield crew struck black gold in a farm field south of Devon, Alberta. It was a happy ...
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30
January
2017
If you’re among the tens of thousands of Albertans who live near oil and gas development, you likely know that sometimes you need help getting to the bottom of things. What you may not know is who to call for that help. The Alberta Energy ...
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11
January
2017
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 Duvernay Formation, a swath of rock beneath the ...
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28
November
2016
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 technique to break up the rocks deep inside the Earth to ...
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28
November
2016
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 a local crisis centre was struggling to get on ...
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21
November
2016
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 field, and sunshine on the grain bins. For nearly ...
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07
November
2016
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. 3 well site near Leduc. But before sunrise on ...
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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
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 use. The AER is changing the way operators submit ...
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