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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 Firs…

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, rumo… 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 group… Read more

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And the Survey Says …

The results are in on the AER’s 2017 public opinion research

We know it matters what people think. On a daily basis, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) staff are in contact with people who call Alberta home: landowners, municipalities, industry, indigenous peoples,… Read more

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Gas Up for Summertime

Natural gas liquids are your secret summer companions

‘Tis the season for everything grilled—your steak, your veggies, and maybe even your skin if you forgot that SPF. With the exception of your sunburn, none of the grilling goodness that you enjoy would… Read more

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Here’s Our Number, So Call Us Maybe

Call our 24-hour response line to report an oil and gas incident or em…

We know to call 911 in case of an emergency, to stop, drop, and roll in a fire, and to secure our own oxygen mask on an airplane before helping others. But what happens in an oil and gas incident or e… Read more

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Taking on the World

AER CEO says fledgling training institute “built by regulators for reg…

It was 2013 and Jim Ellis was trying to stand up a new organization responsible for regulating some of the world’s largest oil and gas resources. It seemed that each day brought a new challenge. “I kn… Read more

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Keeping it Simple

Finding efficiencies in the system helps the AER deliver better regula…

If you’ve visited a home improvement store recently, you know there are a lot of high-efficiency products out there—washers and dryers, furnaces, water heaters, and even light bulbs—that promise to sa… Read more

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Bringing Home The Gold

AER’s Resource site recognized for communications excellence

Alberta’s NHL teams may not hoist the Stanley Cup this year, but the province isn’t being shutout elsewhere. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) recently won the Canadian Public Relations Society’s (CP… Read more

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Packing Up The Pencil Crayons

Retiring EVP Cal Hill reflects on how Alberta’s energy industry—and it…

Cal Hill had never been anywhere. So in 1980, with a freshly minted geology degree and a new job with Alberta’s oil and gas regulator, his plan was to work a few years, pocket some cash, then travel t… Read more

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Building it Old School: Alberta’s First Pipeline

In April 1912, construction began on the Bow Island

Today, Alberta’s oil and gas pipelines stretch over 422 000 kilometres across the province, but this wasn’t always the case. Over a century ago, Alberta’s first natural gas pipeline broke ground at th… Read more

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