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See You in Court

Supreme Court opens door to AER appeal of Redwater decision

Picture oil and gas companies walking away from thousands of wells, receivers of insolvent companies selling off the good assets and casting aside the bad ones, and Albertans being on the hook to clea… Read more

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First Tailings Pond Reclaimed

What was once a tailings pond is now a scenic lookout

Fifty years after its opening, Alberta’s first oil sands tailings pond is now the province’s first reclaimed tailings pond—a big deal for a big parcel of land. The 220-hectare site has gone from an in… Read more

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Emergency Response Goes Mobile in Cochrane

A synergy group helps its fire department by funding an incident comma…

The Town of Cochrane recently unveiled its new incident management trailer, funded by the Cochrane Pipeline Operators Committee—a synergy group that includes the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

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Nexen Charged for Massive Spill

AER brings charges against Nexen for 2015 pipeline release

Charges have been laid against Nexen for one of Alberta’s largest pipeline spills, which released 5000 cubic metres of crude oil and produced water at its Long Lake site near Fort McMurray in July 201…

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Moving it out of the Courtroom

Lexin agrees to cooperate with receivership, director pays $175 000

Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) efforts to resolve legal challenges with Lexin Resources Ltd. have led to the company agreeing to voluntarily include four related corporate entities in a previously ord… Read more

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Coal Mining Company Penalized

Prairie Mines pleads guilty to Obed Mine spill charges

The coal mining company responsible for contaminating a northern Alberta river system has received one of the largest penalties for a single release in Alberta history under the Environmental Protecti… Read more

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Every Drop Counts

AER launches industry water-use report to drive performance

You may be surprised to learn that the energy industry used just over two per cent of all water that was allocated across all industries in Alberta last year. Nonetheless, when it comes to water, ever… Read more

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Award Not Water Off a Duck’s Back

AER employee recognized for leadership in water innovation

It goes without saying that water is our most valuable resource. Ask Mike Bevan, an advisor with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), and he would emphatically agree. Bevan has built a career around un… Read more

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CEO Seeks More Accountability

Jim Ellis talks tough on industry neglect

Jim Ellis doesn’t mince his words about orphan wells in Alberta. In a Calgary Herald article, the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER’s) president and CEO wouldn’t speculate what will happen next, but say… Read more

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Company Pays Price for Spill

AER fines Murphy Oil for its 2015 pipeline spill near Peace River

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has fined Murphy Oil Company $172 500 for a 2015 pipeline spill near Peace River. This fine comes after the AER’s investigation into the spill, which found that Murp… Read more

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