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The Regulator, Then and Now

Almost eight decades later, energy regulation in Alberta has come a lo…

For many, the start of a new year encourages us to reminisce about the ones gone by. But for the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), with nearly eight decades of history, this task is easier said than don…

Big Possibilities for a Big Play

Report shows Duvernay Formation has serious resource potential

The potential is massive, but the question is, can all of it be tapped? The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) recently published an independent assessment of what’s contained within the Duvernay Formatio… Read more

The ABCs of NGLs

From wellhead to plastics, cooking gadgets, and fuel: five things abou…

When you hear the word “propane,” do you envision the tanks sitting beside your barbecue, or does the term natural gas liquids (NGLs) come to mind? It’s a question worth asking. The truth is, few peop… Read more

Going Sideways

Almost 90 per cent of oil wells added in 2015 were horizontal

Weak oil prices are translating into fewer wells being drilled and placed on production in Alberta. However, the percentage of horizontal wells is on the rise. The number of crude oil wells (also know… Read more

Making Sense of Oil Dollars & Cents

While complex, there’s method to the oil-price madness

Seems simple enough—the price of oil, that is. It’s $47.60 per barrel, or $51.98 per barrel, or whatever it happens to be on any given day. It’s often expressed by West Texas Intermediate (WTI) or Bre… Read more

Stepping on the Gas

Five Things to know about liquefied natural gas

Natural gas is a very handy hydrocarbon. It heats homes and warms dinners, it fires barbeques and power plants; it even fuels some vehicles and industrial operations. The problem is, given its nature—… Read more

Blast from the Past: Atlantic No. 3

This week 68 years ago, Alberta’s biggest blowout gasped its final bre…

Almost seven decades ago, a drilling rig towering high over an empty field ignited more than just the ground it stood on.

For What It’s Worth

There’s good news and bad news for Alberta’s energy industry

The value of Alberta’s energy resource production—marketable bitumen, conventional oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, sulphur, and coal—was $67.1 billion in 2015. That’s a sharp drop of almost 40… Read more

47 Wells, 1 Application, 1 Decision

The AER is piloting a new single application, single decision approach

Each year, the AER receives more than 40 000 applications that can include everything from a request to access a parcel of land, to a request for approval to drill a well, to a request for water use.… Read more

More Than Oil in Them Thar Hills

More interest being shown in Alberta's mineral resources.

When you think of Alberta’s resources, oil is top of mind. Turns out, though, Alberta’s geology hides more than just oil and gas—word is getting out that gold, lithium, iron, rare-earth elements, zinc… Read more

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