As of October 1, 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) became responsible for the environmental assessment (EA) process for energy resources activity, including upstream oil, oil sands, natural gas, and coal development in Alberta. The EA process for energy resources activity was previously managed through Alberta Environment and Parks (EP), which continues to be responsible for the EA process related to non-energy resources activities.
The environmental assessment process is administered under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Part 2, Division 1, and is required where the complexity and scale of a proposed activity creates uncertainty about the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts. The purpose of the EA process is to predict the environmental, social, economic, and cultural consequences of a proposed activity and evaluate mitigation that would be used to reduce those impacts. This information is used by the responsible regulatory board in determining whether the proposed activity is in the public interest.
EP continues to maintain a single register of all environmental assessment activity information. Current and historic environmental assessment projects are available at this site.
Documentation on the current EA process is available at the following hyperlink:
For information about the environmental assessment process at the AER, please e-mail the EA team at AEREnvironmental.Assessment@aer.ca