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Calgary, Alberta (Jun 25, 2013)… The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has launched a new incident reporting tool to provide improved public notice of energy-related incidents reported to the new regulator.
“I am pleased to announce the first of many changes to the historical practices of Alberta’s oil and gas regulator,” said Jim Ellis, CEO of the AER. “The Alberta Energy Regulator is a new organization committed to responding to the evolving needs of Albertans. This is just one example of how we will improve transparency and ensure Albertans are better informed about the AER’s activities including its role during incident response.”
Beginning next week, the AER will post notice of all pipeline incidents as well as any energy-related incidents that may impact the public. The AER will also post enhanced criteria for issuing news releases related to incident response to ensure Albertans are informed in a timely manner. The AER online incident report is an enhanced public information resource and does not change any existing regulatory requirements for incident notification and emergency response.
The AER is committed to maintaining public safety through effective regulation, responding swiftly when rules are broken, and updating requirements when necessary. The incident reports will be available for viewing at www.aer.ca.
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.
The Alberta Energy Regulator has launched an online tool to post all pipeline incidents as well as any energy-related incidents that may impact the public. This will enhance regulatory transparency, improve access to information, and ensure that Albertans are better informed about the regulator’s activities and role during incident response.
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