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Riddle Me This: How is Natural Gas Like Dipping Sauce?

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

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It’s Better Together

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

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The Snow Must Go On

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

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Freeing Up the Pipeline Freeway

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

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Throwback Thursday: Isn’t That Appealing?

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.

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A Sponge-Worthy Oil Spill

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

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Using Less to Produce 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

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Judgement Day

Supreme Court rules on AER and OWA appeal of Redwater decision

A long awaited decision has been made, and it is being met with praise from the province’s energy regulator. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) says it is “pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada… Read more

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Shaking Things Up In Fox Creek

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

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The Power of Water

Waterjet technology helps make well abandonments quicker, cheaper

Saving time? Yep. Saving money? Of course. Reducing the environmental impact? Absolutely. It's quite exciting when a technology checks all three of those boxes, especially when the business end of… Read more

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