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Driving Pipeline Performance

A new program launches in Alberta to improve pipeline safety

Kirk Bailey, the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) executive vice president of operations, knew that more could be done to improve pipeline safety, and that the solution wasn’t to just craft more rules… Read more

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What’s In the Flare?

Study seeks answers about fracking-related emissions

Sporting grey coveralls and a hard hat, Mike Brown has traded in his paper-pushing desk job for the cold and unknown. This is one of many days (and nights) that he and other Alberta Energy Regulator (… Read more

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Regulating From 30,000 Feet

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 thi… Read more

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Finding a Global Solution to a Global Problem

Anyone who has driven through rural Alberta has seen them: old, rusty pump jacks, well heads, abandoned mines, and other energy development relics otherwise known as aging infrastructure. Some see the… Read more

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Alberta Takes Action on Odour, Air Quality Concerns in Fort McKay

New study makes 17 recommendations to address concerns

For years, Fort McKay First Nation has voiced concerns about air quality and odours from oil sands operations and questioned whether current monitoring, response protocols, and thresholds are adequate…

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Paying the Price

Energy companies can face financial penalties when things go wrong

When companies don’t follow the AER’s rules, they face enforcement. Our enforcement tools can include shutting in operations, more frequent and detailed inspections, more stringent planning requiremen… Read more

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Mixing Oil and Water

AER water technologist Andrew Wagner explains why water is important f…

Canada has thousands of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. It is bordered by three oceans. And yet competition has never been greater, nor the concern higher, over access to fresh water. In addition t… Read more

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Big Picture Planning

AER’s new program looks at engaging with communities in a different wa…

What if decisions on oil and gas development addressed the individual needs and concerns of an area? What if residents in communities collaborated to find solutions to issues? This is the direction th… Read more

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No Stone Unturned

Detailed site inspections determine if industry’s reclamation work is…

Imagine a view of lush trees, native grasses, and picturesque wetlands filled with lively beavers, birds, and butterflies. This site 30 minutes to the west of Edmonton, near Wabamun, didn’t always loo… Read more

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Bringing Big Thinkers to the Table

Those with the biggest stake in oil sands tailings helped develop new…

The fluid tailings generated by oil sands mines are a big issue in Alberta—one that requires some big thinking to resolve. So when it comes to designing new rules to address tailings, what could be be… Read more

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