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Building a Regulator

The AER lends its peer to the North a helping hand

How do you build a great regulator? This was the million-dollar question James Fulford asked when the National Energy Board stopped its oversight of most of the Northwest Territories’ onshore energy… Read more

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Delving Into the Details

How one AER inspector gets to the nitty gritty of pipeline construction

Ask any field inspector what they like about their job and you’ll likely get a similar response: working with industry folks who just “get it.” This past fall, Phil Didow, an Alberta Energy Regulator… Read more

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“A Witch’s Brew of Methane, Hydrogen Sulphide, and Liquid Hydrocarbon Vapour”

Alberta’s worst-ever well blowout was capped 35 years ago this week

On a chilly December 23, 1982, teams from Texas-based Boots… Read more

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No Smell, No Problem

How advancing technology makes monitoring methane more effective for the AER

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is typically not in the business of cool, but when you take a closer look at what we use to do our job a different kind of story emerges; one of the gizmos and… Read more

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Putting Companies Under the Microscope

The AER issues new regulatory requirements to weed out bad operators

Companies wanting to operate in Alberta’s oil and gas industry will find themselves being examined through a stronger lens before they’re given the green light to do business in the province. The… Read more

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How the West was Won: Alberta’s First Oil Well

In 1902, the Lineham Discovery Well No. 1 became Western Canada’s First Oil Producing Well

When driving along the scenic Akamina Parkway through Waterton Lakes National Park, it’s hard to believe early entrepreneurs struck oil in the rustic valley over a century ago. In the late 1800s,… Read more

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Getting the Global Party Started

The AER welcomes delegations from 13 countries for an energetic dialogue

What do you do when the international community knocks on your door some 30 times a year, eager to learn more about best practices in energy regulation? If you’re the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER),… Read more

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Recognizing Women in Energy

AER vice president awarded for her work in energy

According to Statistics Canada, women “remain less likely to choose a career in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.” Their report helps explain the importance of… Read more

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Making OneStop the Only Stop

New technology will help the AER be a more efficient and protective regulator

Decisions are required on oil and gas development approvals at every step. This can prove daunting for industry, the public, and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). In response, the AER has adopted… Read more

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Why We Give a Dam

How much do you know about the dams used in energy development?

Whether for canoeing or kayaking, ice fishing or paddle boarding, Albertans everywhere flock to the lake year-round for outdoor fitness and fun. What some don’t know is that we owe many of these… Read more

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