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After the Guilty Plea

Alberta court sentences Apache for incidents

We've all watched enough movies to know that the guilty plea is often the beginning of the story. What comes after—the judge’s decision—is where people’s interest can really peak. This week, an… Read more

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Big or Small, We Inspect Them All

The AER ensures dams used in oil sands and coal development are safe

They can be as small as a swimming pool or as big as a lake. Regardless, it’s up to the AER to make sure the structures that contain them are sound. Most of the dams in the AER’s jurisdiction hold… Read more

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Alberta Takes Action on Odour, Air Quality Concern…

New study makes 17 recommendations to address concerns

For years, Fort McKay First Nation has voiced concerns about air quality and odours from oil sands operations and questioned whether current monitoring, response protocols, and thresholds are… Read more

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Paying the Price

Energy companies can face financial penalties when things go wrong

When companies don’t follow the AER’s rules, they face enforcement. Our enforcement tools can include shutting in operations, more frequent and detailed inspections, more stringent planning… Read more

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When Fire and Flood Strike

The AER and industry must be prepared to respond when Mother Nature tu…

The AER keeps a close eye on Alberta’s energy industry—comes with the job. We must also keep an eye on the weather, as Mother Nature can play havoc with oil and gas infrastructure and it’s not a… Read more

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Incident Response—When Prevention Becomes Interven…

The AER must act quickly when crisis strikes

It’s a reality in the oilpatch: incidents happen. Pipeline breaches, well blowouts, sour gas releases, explosions, and other events can—and do—occur anywhere oil and gas activities happen, including… Read more

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Seeing Infrared

FLIR cameras make invisible gas leaks visible

FLIR GasFindIR infrared cameras, which use thermal technology to trace and visualize volatile gases, have been used by the AER since 2007 to help detect oil and gas field fugitive emissions. FLIR… Read more

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Elevating Geological Monitoring to New Heights

Elevating Geological Monitoring to New Heights

Living in Canada’s Rocky Mountains can be idyllic; on occasion, it can also prove perilous. The coal-mining town of Frank, in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass, can attest to this. On April 29, 1903, it took… Read more

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Why the Earth Moves in Fox Creek

The AER is studying how oil and gas activity triggers seismic activity

Residents of Fox Creek felt the ground tremble on January 12, 2016. The reason: a 4.8 magnitude (ML) earthquake just 35 km from the northern Alberta town. The quake was the fourth over 4 ML to shake… Read more

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Sniffing Out Sour Gas

Air monitoring units detect and measure harmful gases

Regulating energy operations isn’t limited to what’s going on above and below ground – it also applies to the air we breathe. The AER’s two air-monitoring units (AMUs), which measure gas… Read more

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