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“A Giant Among Regulators”

Dr. George Govier was an architect of energy regulation in Alberta

The Government of Alberta had had enough. In July 1938—as oil companies in the Turner Valley area of Alberta systematically flared off what then was considered worthless natural gas at alarming rates—… Read more

A Tale as Old as Time

Artist tells the story of oil and gas development through embroidery

Most of us know at least some of the story of oil and gas development, and how vital it has become to our existence. But you haven’t had the story recounted quite like this—through elaborate, hand-sti… Read more

The Regulator, Then and Now

Eighty years ago this week, Alberta’s first energy regulator opened it…

Editor’s note: This story was first published January 22, 2017, and has been updated to reflect the 80th anniversary of energy regulation in Alberta

Taking a Look Back

AER annual report recaps the last year with stories, images, and video…

Life is so busy that our days often feel like a blur of meetings and deadlines. How often are we given the opportunity to look back on our hard work—celebrate the successes and reflect on the not-so-s… Read more

Happy Birthday to Us!

After a soggy start, the AER is going strong five years on

In June 2013, energy regulation was about to experience a marked change. Then the rains fell, the rivers rose, and Albertans faced the very real drama of heavy flooding.

Tell Us, What Floats Your Boat?

Readership survey will help us craft stories that mean the most to you

Hi there! Thank you for tuning into Resource. We want to know what you think about the site so that we can bring you more of the stories that you like. To figure that out, we’re hoping you’ll take a f… Read more

Tuning in to Tailings

Video gives the goods on oil sands tailings and how they’re regulated

There are thousands of mines around the world producing everything from coal and nickel to diamonds—and they all produce tailings.

How is the Alberta Energy Regulator Funded?

If we asked you where the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) receives its funding from, chances are you would say the government (i.e., Alberta taxpayers). It’s a common response, but is it true? Take our… Read more

Hearings Amplified

One family-run business has been equipping AER hearings for nearly 40…

Bert Van Mechelen listens carefully to the woman speaking quietly into the microphone at an Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) hearing, not for the details of her testimony, but to make sure everyone in t… Read more

Express Yourself!

Have concerns or complaints about an oil and gas development? There’s…

Imagine you’re a landowner and you receive a notice from an oil and gas company telling you they would like to drill a sour gas well on your property. You’d likely have questions and maybe concerns ab… Read more

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