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Preparing for the Worst

Syncrude, regulators test ability to respond to an emergency

As in any other day, technicians working in the control room at Syncrude's Mildred Lake oil sands mine check to see that everything is operating the way that it should

Wells: Where are they now?

AER video series explores how aging infrastructure is managed in Alber…

When we speak with Albertans, one of the top concerns raised about energy development is aging infrastructure and ensuring that land is returned to its original state o

The Language of Chaos

The Incident Command System uses a special language. Do you know what…

Editor's Note: Emergency Preparedness Week happens the first full week in May across Canada.

Riddle Me This: How is Natural Gas Like Dipping Sa…

Like dipping sauce, natural gas can be sweet or sour—but the latter ca…

I have sweet friends, but I’m nothing like them. I stink, but you can’t always smell me. I can be used in life-giving fertilizers, but I’m a killer. What am I? Answer: I’m sour gas, a natural gas… Read more

The Snow Must Go On

Polar vortex or not, AER field inspectors brave the elements to ensure…

The temperature gauge on the dashboard reads 34 degrees below zero as our truck winds through quiet Gratton Coulee near Wainwright, Alberta. There isn’t much that can lure people outdoors in this… Read more

Solving Oil and Gas Mysteries

AER investigators sift through clues to find what caused incidents.

They wear hard hats instead of deerstalker caps and employ 21st-century investigative techniques rather than 19th-century methods.

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? Well the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has a tool for you.

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

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

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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