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Picking Up What’s Been Thrown Out

When it comes to imported waste, one company’s trash is another company’s treasure

Imagine this: you’re walking down the street, tearing open your favourite candy bar. You eat the candy bar. What happens next?

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Prospecting for Black Gold

Energy companies drill—not dig—to unearth hidden treasures

Any movie buff can tell you that a successful treasure hunt ends with a stash of jewels and artifacts—bonus points if it’s tucked away in an ancient tomb. In Alberta’s countryside, however, a… Read more

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Our Mandate Through a Different Lens

The AER’s mandate can be understood through written word and through the lens of a traditional indigenous oral system.

We tend to think of a mandate as a string of words—a linear idea, maybe one that’s a little vowel-heavy. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has something like that: our mandate is to ensure the… Read more

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University of Calgary Researchers Eye Up Oil Patch Emissions

Work is being done to reduce methane emissions produced by the oil and gas industry, but first we need to know how much is emitted.

Governments and companies around the world are pledging to reduce methane emissions, especially greenhouse-gas emissions emitted by the upstream petroleum industry.

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Our Own Best Customer

Alberta is building a domestic market for its natural gas

Buying local is never a bad idea, and one that Alberta natural-gas end users are taking to heart. In 2017, Alberta used more than half of its natural gas production, with the rest bein

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Facing the Liability Challenge in Alberta

A few months ago, Sequoia Resource Corp. told the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) that it would stop operations without properly decommissioning more than 4000 wells, pipelines, and facilities,… Read more

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“A Giant Among Regulators”

Dr. George Govier was an architect of energy regulation in Alberta

The Government of Alberta had had enough. In July 1938—as oil companies in the Turner Valley area of Alberta systematically flared off what then was considered worthless natural gas at alarming rates… Read more

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A Tale as Old as Time

Artist tells the story of oil and gas development through embroidery

Most of us know at least some of the story of oil and gas development, and how vital it has become to our existence. But you haven’t had the story recounted quite like this—through elaborate, hand-… Read more

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Keeping Them Swimming Upstream

Inspecting road crossings help protect fish and their ecosystems

On the surface, it’s not always obvious how things are linked together, and solving a problem often requires looking deeper into possible connections. When it comes to assessing environmental impacts… Read more

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Paying Up

Guilty plea lands Nexen $460 000 penalty for Long Lake pipeline spill

Nexen has been ordered to pay $460 000 as a result of a July 2015 spill from a pipeline associated with the company’s Long Lake oil sands facility.

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