Like dipping sauce, natural gas can be sweet or sour—but the latter can be tough to swallow (and smell)
I have sweet friends, but I’m nothing like them. I stink, but you can’t always smell me. I can be used in life-giving fertilizers, but I’m a killer. What am I? Answer: I’m sour gas, a natural gas… Read more
AER staff team up with indigenous communities to conduct inspections
The notion that “teamwork makes the dream work” is often instilled in us when we’re children. However, sometimes things shift as we mature. Some start flying solo, which becomes a preferred method of… Read more
Polar vortex or not, AER field inspectors brave the elements to ensure things are running as they should
The temperature gauge on the dashboard reads 34 degrees below zero as our truck winds through quiet Gratton Coulee near Wainwright, Alberta. There isn’t much that can lure people outdoors in this… Read more
New technology could save Alberta’s oil sands industry both money and time
Energy companies in Alberta face no shortage of challenges when it comes to moving oil and gas. One of them is the shipping of the thick, molasses-like resource known as bitumen out of our landlocked… Read more
In the aftermath of the Redwater appeal, the AER recalls a time before the courts heard appeals of any sort
With the words “Redwater appeal” top-of-mind following the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling, it calls to mind a time where appealing judicial decisions was not only not done, but all but unheard of.
University-developed “super sponge” can sop up spilled oil for reuse later
Be it a pipeline, railcar, or tanker, the means of moving oil to market come with risks that a spill could happen. There are many technologies available to clean up spills, but not to salvage the oil… Read more
AER report includes data that shows less water being used in energy development
It’s the middle of winter, and the world around us is frozen—tree branches droop with snow and lakes have transformed from glacier-blue basins to nature’s crystal-clear ice rinks. But the water from… Read more
A new seismic monitoring station in Fox Creek helps experts monitor earthquakes more closely.
Just the thought of an earthquake leaves many Albertans quivering in their boots. It’s even harder to shake the thought if you’re a resident of Fox Creek, a small, earthquake-prone town nestled in… Read more