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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

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

Moving it to Market

Traveling along with Alberta’s natural gas, oil, and coal in 2016

Alberta’s energy resources—oil, natural gas, and coal—are in demand. Our biggest customer continues to be the United States, though markets in Alberta, across Canada, and in Asia and Europe are also t… Read more

Making the Most Out of a Challenging Year

The AER says fewer wells were drilled last year

Alberta’s oil and gas producers found themselves navigating through some turbulence in 2016 with the continued trend of low global crude oil prices and weak natural gas prices. But even when turbulenc… Read more

Crystal Balling the Energy Numbers

AER’s energy supply/demand report forecasts performance

You don't need to light candles or wave your hands around a translucent orb to predict the future of Alberta's energy industry. All you need is an internet connection and a computer to access the AER'… 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

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

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