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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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Waste Not, Want Not

Spraying drilling waste on fields puts dirt back to the earth from whi…

When an oil company proposed spraying drilling waste on Jeff Fluney’s fields, his response was an understandable “no.” But when the company came knocking again the next year, he had a change of heart.… Read more

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Protecting the Planet We Call Home

Forty-eight years on, Earth Day is alive and well

At a time when the Beatles’ breakup and Vietnam War protests dominated headlines, the environment was scarcely in the conversation for most people, apart from the tired slogan: “Don’t be a Litterbug.”… Read more

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What’s the Alternative?

Finding energy-efficient ways to power the energy industry

Some might call it ironic that the oil and gas industry would turn to other energy sources to help power their operations. Those in the know, however, would call it a smart business decision. “Using a… Read more

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Gearing Down to Green Up

AER initiative makes fleet vehicles easier on the environment and the…

Average monthly CO2 emissions per vehicle have fallen by 20 per cent since 2014. Kermit the Frog was right: it’s not easy being green. That’s especially true when it comes to getting from point A to p… Read more

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

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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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 beaut… Read more

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Clearing the Air

Partners respond to report recommendations to improve air quality for…

Flying towards Fort McKay over the dense mass of trees, your eye can’t help but follow the curving Athabasca River and dart around complex oil sands operations before getting caught on something unexp… Read more

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First Tailings Pond Reclaimed

What was once a tailings pond is now a scenic lookout

Fifty years after its opening, Alberta’s first oil sands tailings pond is now the province’s first reclaimed tailings pond—a big deal for a big parcel of land. The 220-hectare site has gone from an in… Read more

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Assessing the Impact

EIAs play an important role in how the AER protects the environment

The environment is a hot topic (and that’s not just a global warming pun). Canadians care deeply about how oil and gas development will affect the environment and their safety, and rightly so. However… Read more

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