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AER lays charges against Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd.

October 21, 2021… The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has laid charges against Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. for a release of acidic water that flowed into a nearby creek. The release occurred in October 2019 at Tidewater's Ram River sour gas processing plant near Rocky Mountain House.

The 10 charges, which fall under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, are related to

  • releasing a substance to the environment that caused or may have caused an adverse effect (section 109(2));
  • failing to report the release of the substance as soon as possible (section 110(1));
  • failing to take all reasonable measures to repair, remedy, and confine the effects of the substance (section 112(1)(a)); and
  • contravening approval conditions (section 227(e)).

Tidewater’s first court appearance will be on December 8, 2021 in Rocky Mountain House. To ensure Tidewater’s right to a fair prosecution, the AER cannot release any further details.

The AER 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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