News Release 2014-03-31

 

News Release 2014-03-31

News Release 2014-03-31 (AERNA2014-04)

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Alberta Energy Regulator completes transition to a single regulator

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Calgary, Alberta (Mar 31, 2014)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has completed its transition to become the single regulator of energy development in Alberta.

“This is a momentous time for Alberta and for energy development in the province,” says Alberta Energy Minister Diana McQueen. “The final integration of the Alberta Energy Regulator is the realization of our goal: to provide strong regulatory oversight, while also balancing the needs of our environment. Under the AER, industry will have regulatory certainty, the rights of landowners will be protected, and our environment will remain a top priority.”

The AER was launched on June 17, 2013, with proclamation of portions of the Responsible Energy Development Act. The AER now has expanded authority, which includes aspects of the following acts as they relate to energy development: the Public Lands Act, Part 8 of the Mines and Minerals Act, the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and the Water Act.

“Our province has been working hard to strike the balance between responsible development and environmental protection,” says Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Robin Campbell. “The Alberta Energy Regulator is one piece of an integrated resource management system that will help achieve that balance.”

“The AER is now a full life-cycle regulator: from application and exploration, to construction and development, to abandonment, reclamation, and remediation,” said AER president and CEO Jim Ellis. “We take our responsibility for protecting our air, land, water, and biodiversity very seriously as we regulate the development of our vast energy resources delivering economic benefits to all Albertans.”

Public safety and environmental protection are among the AER’s top priorities. The AER will continue to work closely with ESRD to ensure that the province’s environmental goals are upheld, cumulative effects are managed, public safety is protected, and rules and requirements are enforced.

“We will continue to hold industry accountable. We have more enforcement options available to pursue companies that fail to comply with requirements,” said Ellis. “We have embarked on the next era of energy regulation—one that is efficient, responsive, transparent, and accountable.”

The Alberta Energy Regulator ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.


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The Alberta Energy Regulator is now officially the province’s single regulator of energy development, with expanded authority over oil, gas, and coal projects. Launched in June 2013, the AER now has expanded authority, which includes aspects of the following as they relate to energy development: the Public Lands Act, part 8 of the Mines and Minerals Act, the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Water Act. The AER was established in June 2013 and ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle.

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For more information, please contact:

Carrie Rosa
Phone: 780-638-3512
E-mail: carrie.rosa@aer.ca
Media line: 1-855-474-6356

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