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Alberta - June 26, 2018

Life is so busy that our days often feel like a blur of meetings and deadlines. How often are we given the opportunity to look back on our hard work—celebrate the successes and reflect on the not-so-successful? How often are we able to hear directly from the people behind the industry performance work and those fighting for Albertans in the court rooms?

The Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER’s) 2017–2018 Annual Report, which was released today, gives us that opportunity.

Among the usual annual-report contents—such as financials and reporting on our progress—this year’s includes stories from the people who can tell them the best: AER staff and Albertans. Here’s a taste at what you’ll find in the report:

clering the air

Clearing the Air : The story of how the Fort McKay First Nation, Alberta Health, and the AER joined forces to conduct a year-long study examining air quality complaints, released a report with 17 recommendations to address the complaints, and what’s become of those recommendations.

“Industry and government need to go beyond the minimal requirements, especially when they operate right at our backyard.” – Fort McKay Métis President Ron Quintal.

Appealling to the highest power

Appealing to the Highest Power : In 2017, the AER argued before the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn a lower-court decision in the Redwater Energy case. AER lawyer Keely Cameron donned the robes in Ottawa to fight this fight. In her own words, we learn why this fight is important to her and why it should be important to you too.

“Personally, for me, having a young daughter and being a second generation Calgarian let alone Albertan, this matter is important not only for this generation but for future generations to ensure that the public doesn’t end up bearing the cost to clean up energy development activities.” – Keely Cameron, lawyer

Drop by drop

Drop by Drop: How Much Water are Companies Using?: Alberta’s oil and gas industry uses water in oil sands, hydraulic fracturing, and other types of energy development. The Water Use Performance report shows that despite representing one of Alberta’s largest industries, oil and gas companies use less water than you’d think. And we know this because the AER tracks industry’s water use and makes the data public.

“While companies are using far less water than what they’re allocated, making this data available to the public encourages companies to measure themselves against their peers and motivates them to use water more efficiently.” – Aruna Bissonauth, manager of Industry Performance – Mining.

Bundling our mandate

Building our Mandate: The AER’s written mandate can be found on its website, and in the 2017–18 Annual Report. It can also be found as a Blackfoot bundle—a rawhide-wrapped cylinder painted with symbols and perched on a birch tripod.

“The concept of a bundle came out of some of our discussions with the elders. Elders were trying to interpret the concept of a western vision statement, and they started talking about how visions and missions were reflected in an oral system.” – Blackfoot Elder Dr. Reg Crow Shoe

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Farah Ashar

Thank you Cassie for putting together such an excellent report very enlightening, especially the piece about the water usage found that very interesting, having worked for 10 years in the Oil Sands site, was always under the impression the water usage was extensive, although was used with utmost efficiency, yet always felt a little guilty about it, you report provides clarity, which is much appreciated.


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