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Blast from the Past: Atlantic No. 3

This week 68 years ago, Alberta’s biggest blowout gasped its final breath

Almost seven decades ago, a drilling rig towering high over an empty field ignited more than just the ground it stood on.

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Remembering to Remember

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… Read more

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For What It’s Worth

There’s good news and bad news for Alberta’s energy industry

The value of Alberta’s energy resource production—marketable bitumen, conventional oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, sulphur, and coal—was $67.1 billion in 2015. That’s a sharp drop of almost 40… Read more

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47 Wells, 1 Application, 1 Decision

The AER is piloting a new single application, single decision approach

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… Read more

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Pouring over the Spill

AER investigators will probe causes of the Fox Creek pipeline release

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… Read more

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More Than Oil in Them Thar Hills

More interest being shown in Alberta's mineral resources.

When you think of Alberta’s resources, oil is top of mind. Turns out, though, Alberta’s geology hides more than just oil and gas—word is getting out that gold, lithium, iron, rare-earth elements,… Read more

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It Doesn’t Smell Like Roses, But It Does Help Them Grow

Alberta sulphur is important to crops and the economy

The aroma of rotten eggs smells like money to some Albertans. In 2015, sulphur accounted for $420 million of Alberta’s energy-resource production, a small portion compared to the $67 billion the rest… Read more

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Alberta Pipelines: They’re Out of This World

The AER regulates thousands of kilometres of pipeline

The AER is responsible for ensuring that the “upstream” pipelines—those which transport oil and gas from wells and facilities to “downstream” parties, such as refiners and utilities—that crisscross… Read more

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Laying Down the Law in the Oilpatch

Prosecution is one option when companies skirt the AER’s rules

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… Read more

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After the Guilty Plea

Alberta court sentences Apache for incidents

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… Read more

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