Category: Safety & Enforcement

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16
January
2017
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 development, where wells are drilled to extract an ...
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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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03
January
2017
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. “When I’m not working, I really want to get ...
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19
December
2016
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 branches of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) worked ...
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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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26
October
2016
Like all Albertans, word of a pipeline spill creates concern about the protection of safety and the environment. For AER employees it means moving quickly the minute the call comes in. So earlier this month, when the AER received ...
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10
October
2016
With over 174 000 operating wells, 431 000 kilometres of pipeline, 9 oil sands mines, more than 50 in situ oil sands sites, and over 50 000 oil and gas facilities, policing Alberta’s energy industry is serious business. Incidents happen, ...
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05
October
2016
We've all watched enough movies to know that the guilty plea is often the beginning of the story. What comes after—the judge’s decision—is where people’s interest can really peak. This week, an Alberta court responded ...
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03
October
2016
In today’s Alberta, protecting the environment goes hand-in-hand with energy development, and the province’s energy regulator plays the lead role in ensuring that this happens. One way we can do this is to look at the big picture by ...
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