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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.

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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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Appealing to the Highest Power

Keely Cameron explains why taking the Redwater Energy case to the supreme court matters

In  May  2016,  the  Court  of  Queen’s  Bench of  Alberta decided against the AER and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) in a case that has had widespread implications on our energy industry.

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The Regulator, Then and Now

Eighty years ago this week, Alberta’s first energy regulator opened its doors

Editor’s note: This story was first published January 22, 2017, and has been updated to reflect the 80th anniversary of energy regulation in Alberta.

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Taking a Look Back

AER annual report recaps the last year with stories, images, and videos.

Life is so busy that our days often feel like a blur of meetings and deadlines. How often are we given the opportunity to look back on our hard work—celebrate the successes and reflect on the not-so-… Read more

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Earning a Seat in Their Circle

The AER, First Nations elders share their journey of understanding

Canada has been inhabited for more than 40 000 years by indigenous peoples, which includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. Canada’s indigenous peoples share many similarities but have… Read more

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Happy Birthday to Us!

After a soggy start, the AER is going strong five years on

In June 2013, energy regulation was about to experience a marked change.

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