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We are responsible for regulating the life cycle of oil, oil sands, natural gas, and coal projects in Alberta. As the single regulator for energy development in the province, we must ensure that development is carried out in a manner that protects public safety and the environment, while ensuring that the regulatory system is as efficient as possible. We make decisions regarding

  • energy development applications;
  • industry compliance, enforcement, and monitoring;
  • project closure; and
  • all other aspects of energy development under our jurisdiction.

Learn more about how we regulate energy development in Alberta.

What We Regulate

  • More than 156 000 operating wells
  • More than 440 000 km of pipelines (plus inspection/incident response support for 12 000 km regulated by the Alberta Utilities Commission)
  • Over 18 000 gas facilities
  • Over 27 000 oil facilities
  • 8 operating oil sands mines
  • 26 thermal recovery in situ projects and over 154 primary/enhanced recovery in situ projects
  • Over 210 operating oilfield waste management facilities
  • 5 operating bitumen upgraders
  • 5 operating coal mines
  • 4 decommissioning coal mines
  • 1 decommissioning coal  processing plant
  • geothermal
  • brine-hosted minerals

We are also responsible for managing Alberta’s vast energy resources. Every year since 1961, we have prepared a report that provides information on the state of reserves and the supply and demand outlook for Alberta’s energy resources: Please see the current version of this report, Alberta’s Energy Reserves & Supply/Demand Outlook (ST98), for more details.

2022 Remaining Established Reserves

  • 1.7 billion barrels of conventional oil
  • 159 billion barrels of bitumen
  • 24.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas
  • 36 billion tons of coal

2022 Annual Production

  • 177 million barrels of crude oil
  • 1.21 billion barrels of bitumen
  • 4.0 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, including coalbed methane and shale gas
  • 14 million tons of coal