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Alberta Energy Regulator: A Year in Review

Posted: July 16, 2015 | Comments: 0

Since the AER was created in 2013, we’ve continually changed and transformed—and this past year was no different. As the single provincial regulator for energy resource development in Alberta, we focused on delivering on our strategic plan to be a protective, effective, efficient, and credible regulator—a regulator that strives for regulatory excellence.

AER releases annual reserves report

Posted: June 29, 2015 | Comments: 0

Each year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) prepares an annual reserves report that explains where Alberta’s energy resources are and how much there are in the province.

AER’s Quick Response to Seismic Events in Fox Creek

Posted: March 5, 2015 | Comments: 0

In January, the Alberta Energy Regulator recorded several seismic events in the Fox Creek area, with magnitudes between 2.4 and 4.4. These events may have been related to hydraulic fracturing in the Fox Creek area...

AER’s new Compliance Dashboard: Shining a spotlight on industry compliance

Posted: February 19, 2015 | Comments: 0

The Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER’s) new Compliance Dashboard gives Albertans a better picture of how we regulate oil and gas development and enforce our requirements.

Mindful Mediation – Resolving Disputes Across the Province

Posted: February 2, 2015 | Comments: 3

When we say we work in all corners of the province at the Alberta Energy Regulator, we mean it. Some of our mediation work at the AER has occurred in hunting lodges, wedding tents, community halls, tree houses, restaurants, fields, garages, and sheds...

Elevating geological monitoring - AER’s Turtle Mountain monitoring program

Posted: January 2, 2015 | Comments: 0

On April 29th, 1903, 82 million tonnes of rock fell from the summit of Turtle Mountain into the Crowsnest River valley below. The slide lasted a mere 90 seconds and in that short time at least 90 people were killed—Canada’s deadliest rockslide.1

To ensure the safety of residents who now live in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, the Alberta Geological Survey (AGS), part of the Alberta Energy Regulator’s Strategy and Regulatory Division, monitors any movement of the mountain in real time...

Monitoring Alberta’s Seismic Activity

Posted: December 1, 2014 | Comments: 0

Alberta is not well known for its earthquakes, and most Albertans may be surprised to discover that the province has experienced more than 800 earthquakes between 1918 and 2009. Thankfully, these quakes were very small, and, as it typical for Alberta, most measured a magnitude under three...

Reclaiming the Land: The AER Conducts its First Coal Reclamation Certificate Inquiry

Posted: November 3, 2014 | Comments: 0

At the end of March, the Alberta Energy Regulator took over responsibility for overseeing the reclamation of former energy project sites. As you can imagine, in a province with a wealth of energy development activity, this is a big job—and a critically important one...

FLIR Infrared Cameras – Response Tools in the Field

Posted: October 1, 2014 | Comments: 0

Fugitive emissions are unintended, irregular, or leaked gases from industrial activity that can be harmful to Albertans and the environment. Although invisible to the naked eye, they can be detected using innovative infrared technology...

Air Monitoring Units – Response Tools in the Field

Posted: September 2, 2014 | Comments: 0

At the AER, we know that regulating a world-class energy resource is a huge responsibility. Our first priority is to protect both the public and the environment. When it comes to protecting the air we breathe, the AER uses two mobile air monitoring units (AMUs) to measure gas concentrations during an incident...