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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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Keep it Moving in the Cold

How Alberta’s oil and gas industry copes with the cold

How cold is too cold? If you’re an oil and gas company operating in the oil sands in Northern Alberta, the answer will disappoint you. Regardless of how low the mercury dips on the thermometer,… Read more

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No Smell, No Problem

How advancing technology makes monitoring methane more effective for the AER

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is typically not in the business of cool, but when you take a closer look at what we use to do our job a different kind of story emerges; one of the gizmos and… Read more

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Making OneStop the Only Stop

New technology will help the AER be a more efficient and protective regulator

Decisions are required on oil and gas development approvals at every step. This can prove daunting for industry, the public, and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). In response, the AER has adopted… Read more

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Modernizing a Moving Mountain’s Monitoring System

How the AGS went high-tech to upgrade Turtle Mountain’s early warning system

The mountain is moving. Likely a sentence you’d rather not hear, regardless of where you are in the world. But it’s a reality for residents of the Crowsnest Pass area in southwestern Alberta, where… Read more

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This Little Piggy Went to Pipeline

Pigs aren’t only found on the farm; pipeline operators use pigs to keep lines free and clear.

Everyone knows that pigs will eat anything—that’s why farmers feed them slop. Pipeline pigs are no different, except that they don’t have cute, curly tails—they will clean up anything in their path.… Read more

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Some Superheroes are Automated, Not Animated

How automation is saving the day at the AER

Depositing money at the bank, checking into a flight, or placing an order at McDonalds —what doesn’t have an automated kiosk these days? Well, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) doesn’t, but it does… Read more

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Emergency Response Goes Mobile in Cochrane

A synergy group helps its fire department by funding an incident command trailer.

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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A Virtual Visit to Subterranean Alberta

AGS showcases Alberta’s geology in Minecraft series

Sometimes, our best ideas come from the unlikeliest of places. For Kelsey MacCormack, director of mapping and modelling at the Alberta Geological Survey (AGS), a branch of the Alberta Energy… Read more

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X Marks the Spot for a Well

Five things to know about where companies drill for oil and gas

Road trip season is upon us, which means you’ll likely be hitting the road this summer with your windows down and the radio up! If you’re driving in Alberta, you can’t help but notice the plethora of… Read more

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