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The Ballad of Kootenai Brown

Colourful adventurer was among the first to report oil in Alberta

Sit back and listen to the tale of John George “Kootenai” Brown. It was the mid-1870s, long before Alberta was a glint in the Dominion’s eye, when Brown first noted oil seeps in the area now known as… Read more

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Where the Bison Roam

An at risk species is growing in numbers on old oilsands land

Bison, now considered at risk or threatened depending on the chart you read, once roamed North America in astonishing numbers of about 40 million.

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AER Lays Charges for Sour Gas Release

Three companies headed to court in February

A trio of companies will appear in a Grande Prairie courtroom on February 19 for a hydrogen sulphide (H2S) release that impacted human health.

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Easing off the Gas

New requirements for Alberta’s oil and gas industry will reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Imagine you're in a game of Jeopardy! and you've selected "Climate Change for $500, Alex." Your answer is: When one carbon atom is combined with four hydrogen atoms, the result is a gas that is 25… Read more

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A Lump in Your Stocking, and Other Coal Facts

The AER makes sure that coal mining happens safely in Alberta

Coal and Christmas have a history: Frosty’s eyes are fashioned from it, Scrooge is stingy about burning it in the office, and don’t get us started on the lump that Sant

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The 411 on H2O in O&G

Graphic explains how water is used and conserved in oil and gas development

Like canola fields, cattle, and even our bodies, Alberta’s oil and gas sector needs water to survive.

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Making the FIRST Call

Julie St. Louis says AER’s emergency response team is prepared for any incident, anytime, anywhere

Not all emergency responders arrive with the blare of sirens and tricoloured lights. This is certainly true when it comes to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) emergency response team, otherwise… Read more

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Responding with Booms, Anchors, and Tube Men

Western Canadian Spill Services used a variety of equipment during a spill response

Tube men or sky dancers aren’t just inflatable eyesores used by car dealerships to attract attention.

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Throwback Thursday: Great Explorations

Early explorer and geologist George Dawson gave Canada insight into its geology and resources

George Mercer Dawson is as unlikely an explorer as one might find in Canadian history. As a child, he contracted Pott’s Disease, a form of tuberculosis that infects the spine. Although he recovered,… Read more

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A Chance to Be Heard

A closer look at an AER hearing in action

AER hearings are formal, court-like proceedings used to gather information before deciding on some energy project applications – from a single well to major oil sands projects. Hearings are conducted… Read more

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