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Keeping Tabs on Industry Compliance

Five things to know about the AER’s Compliance Dashboard

Curious about what incidents, investigations, and enforcement actions are happening in Alberta’s oil and gas sector?

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Lodgepole: the Blowout that Changed the Safety Lan…

How one tragic disaster ushered in a new era of sour gas regulations

If you were living in Alberta in 1982, chances are you remember the October day when massive flames and gas erupted from a well just southwest of Edmontonit washe worst sour gas blowout in Alberta’s… Read more

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Eye in the Sky

How the AER is using drones to inspect oil and gas sites

It’s a bird, it’s a plane. Nope, it’s a drone. Aerial monitoring technology has changed the way the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) monitors oil and gas facilities for the better. It saves thousands… 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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Appealing to the Highest Power

Keely Cameron explains why taking the Redwater Energy case to the supr…

In  May  2016,  the  Court  of  Queen’s  Bench of  Alberta decided against the AER and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) in a case that has had widespread implications on our energy industry.

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Fighting Fire with Firepower

Mutual aid helps companies respond to emergencies

When emergencies like floods, wildfires, or tornados happen, Albertans are always quick to lend a helping hand. And like any good neighbour, many companies in the energy industry are also ready to… Read more

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Painting a Picture of Pipeline Performance

Report shows Alberta pipelines safer, but still room for improvement

Pipelines are in the headlines a lot these days as Canadians question whether they’re safe . New data released by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) demonstrates that pipeline operators are doing a… Read more

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Be Smart, Be Prepared

Emergency Preparedness Week an opportunity for Canadians to be ready

Scouts around the world live by the motto “Be Prepared.” This week, Canadians are being encouraged to tear a page from the Scout handbook and be prepared to protect themselves in case of an emergency.

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Snow Melt Puts Industry on High Alert

As snow melts and water levels rise, Alberta’s oil and gas operators t…

The Alberta Emergency Alert home page is currently lit up by numerous high-water-level and flood alerts issued for areas in southern and central Alberta. Some alerts include mandatory evacuation… Read more

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When a Setback is a Good Thing

In oil and gas development, setbacks help to keep the public safe

When we think of setbacks, the first thing that comes to mind is a failure or reversal of fortune (e.g., “We suffered a serious setback that will delay the project for months.”). But in the energy… Read more

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