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AER’s President and CEO Moves On

Jim Ellis is resigning after five years at the helm

In her first public statement in her new role as Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) chair, Sheila O’Brien

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Clearing a Path to Competitiveness

The AER seeks ways to make the regulatory system more agile

Since being created in 2013, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has focussed on doing things better: better processes that make our system stronger; better requirements that keep pace with innovati

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Facing the Liability Challenge in Alberta

A few months ago, Sequoia Resource Corp. told the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) that it would stop operations without properly decommissioning more than 4000 wells, pipelines, and facilities, meaning… Read more

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Paying Up

Guilty plea lands Nexen $460 000 penalty for Long Lake pipeline spill

Nexen has been ordered to pay $460 000 as a result of a July 2015 spill from a pipeline associated with the company’s Long Lake oil sands facility.

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Alberta Wants to Hear From You

Proposed methane reduction requirements open for public comment

The Alberta government today announced draft requirements to reduce methane emissions. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is inviting public feedback on these requirements starting April 24, 2018.The… Read more

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Applications Denied

Safety concerns prompt AER to deny company’s bid to drill sour wells

Simply put, if the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) believes a company can’t operate a well safely, we won’t grant it a licence. This week, the AER made good on that commitment by denying Bashaw Oil Cor… Read more

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Court is in Session

The AER and OWA appeal Redwater decision to the Supreme Court

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) argued today before Canada’s highest court in an effort to ensure that provincial legislation that says polluters must pay to clean up their mess is upheld. In May 2… Read more

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A Deeper Dive into What’s Causing the Fox Creek Qu…

A new study led by an Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) seismologist sheds light on why the number and magnitude of earthquakes in the Fox Creek region of Alberta are on the rise. The Alberta Energy Reg… Read more

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Detecting Earthquakes, Ice Quakes, and Everything…

AER’s extensive seismic monitoring system confirms “ice quake” west of…

In the late evening on January 1, residents of the village of Alberta Beach, about 70 kilometres west of Edmonton, may have felt some shaking that wasn’t the result of a New Year’s Eve party gone long… Read more

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Putting Companies Under the Microscope

The AER issues new regulatory requirements to weed out bad operators

Companies wanting to operate in Alberta’s oil and gas industry will find themselves being examined through a stronger lens before they’re given the green light to do business in the province. The Albe… Read more

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