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Coal Mining Company Penalized

Prairie Mines pleads guilty to Obed Mine spill charges

The coal mining company responsible for contaminating a northern Alberta river system has received one of the largest penalties for a single release in Alberta history under the Environmental Protecti… Read more

Every Drop Counts

AER launches industry water-use report to drive performance

You may be surprised to learn that the energy industry used just over two per cent of all water that was allocated across all industries in Alberta last year. Nonetheless, when it comes to water, ever… Read more

Award Not Water Off a Duck’s Back

AER employee recognized for leadership in water innovation

It goes without saying that water is our most valuable resource. Ask Mike Bevan, an advisor with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), and he would emphatically agree. Bevan has built a career around un… Read more

Getting Down and Dirty for Research

AER staff slog in the muck to collect samples for study

Sometimes it’s a dirty job. Last fall, the AER and Alberta Health kicked off a study to discover what substances are present during the “flowback” phase of hydraulic fracturing operations and whether… Read more

Don’t Poke the Bear

The nature of environmental management at the AER

No one likes to be stirred from a good nap, particularly if you’ve been asleep for several months. So when an oil and gas company came across a bear den during construction of its pipeline, Alberta En… Read more

‘Tis the season

Alberta’s oilpatch springs to life during the coldest months of the ye…

When the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER’s) Bonnyville field centre’s manager says “it’s gangbusters up here” on a routine call, you pay attention. Especially when it’s during one of Alberta’s longest… Read more

Driving Pipeline Performance

A new program launches in Alberta to improve pipeline safety

Kirk Bailey, the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) executive vice president of operations, knew that more could be done to improve pipeline safety, and that the solution wasn’t to just craft more rules… Read more

What’s In the Flare?

Study seeks answers about fracking-related emissions

Sporting grey coveralls and a hard hat, Mike Brown has traded in his paper-pushing desk job for the cold and unknown. This is one of many days (and nights) that he and other Alberta Energy Regulator (… Read more

Regulating From 30,000 Feet

In today’s Alberta, protecting the environment goes hand-in-hand with energy development, and the province’s energy regulator plays the lead role in ensuring that this happens. One way we can do thi… Read more

Finding a Global Solution to a Global Problem

Anyone who has driven through rural Alberta has seen them: old, rusty pump jacks, well heads, abandoned mines, and other energy development relics otherwise known as aging infrastructure. Some see the… Read more

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