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Number Name Date
Bulletin 2018-36 New Well Submissions Forms December 10, 2018
Bulletin 2018-35 Government of Alberta Curtails Production December 06, 2018
Bulletin 2018-34 Updated Alberta Environment and Parks Master Schedule of Standards and Conditions November 30, 2018
Bulletin 2018-33 Reporting Related to Closure Activities and Directive 039 Moving to OneStop November 22, 2018
Bulletin 2018-32 New Edition of Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations November 21, 2018
Bulletin 2018-31 Changes to the Public Lands Administration Regulation October 31, 2018
Bulletin 2018-30 New Edition of Directive 013: Suspension Requirements for Wells October 25, 2018
Bulletin 2018-29 New Edition of Directive 020: Well Abandonment October 24, 2018
Bulletin 2018-28 New Edition of Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules and New Manual October 18, 2018
Bulletin 2018-27 New Edition of Directive 054: Performance Presentations, Auditing, and Surveillance of In Situ Oil Sands Schemes October 11, 2018
Bulletin 2018-26 Reminder of Increased Risk During Migratory Bird Season September 24, 2018
Bulletin 2018-25 Directive 084 Reporting Moving to OneStop September 11, 2018
Bulletin 2018-24 Changes to Three Water Act Forms September 10, 2018
Bulletin 2018-23 Release of the Area-Based Closure Program Mapping Tool August 30, 2018
Bulletin 2018-22 Optional Process for Submitting Fluid Disposal Applications August 27, 2018
Bulletin 2018-21 Coordinated Submission of Related Applications for Oil Sands Exploration Activities August 23, 2018
Bulletin 2018-20 AER Application Systems Restored August 21, 2018
Bulletin 2018-19 Manual Process for Issuing Approvals for Temporary Field Authorizations, Seismic Exploration Permits, and Formal Land Dispositions August 10, 2018
Bulletin 2018-18 New Alberta Environment and Parks Directive About Scour Protection for Pipelines July 26, 2018
Bulletin 2018-17 Change to the Reclamation Application Presubmission Requirements July 24, 2018
Bulletin 2018-16 Clarifying the Difference between the Transfer of an AER Licence and the Sale or Transfer of the Contractual Right to Operate Wells and Facilities July 19, 2018
Bulletin 2018-15 Reclamation Certificate Application Tool Moving to OneStop July 10, 2018
Bulletin 2018-14 Directive 039: Revised Program to Reduce Benzene Emissions from Glycol Dehydrators – Updated June 19, 2018
Bulletin 2018-13 Changes to Geophysical Program Submission Forms June 04, 2018
Bulletin 2018-12 New Alberta Environment and Parks Groundwater Directive for Thermal In Situ Projects May 30, 2018
Bulletin 2018-11 2018/19 AER Administration Fees (Industry Levy) May 14, 2018
Bulletin 2018-10 Enhanced Monitoring During Spring Snow Melt May 01, 2018
Bulletin 2018-09 Invitation for Feedback on Draft Requirements for Reducing Methane Emissions April 24, 2018
Bulletin 2018-08 Announcing New AER Website April 23, 2018
Bulletin 2018-07 2018/19 Orphan Fund Levy April 09, 2018
Bulletin 2018-06 Correction to Bulletin 2018-05 March 13, 2018
Bulletin 2018-05 Tour Reports and Some Notifications Moving to OneStop March 12, 2018
Bulletin 2018-04 New Alberta Environment and Parks Water Directive February 22, 2018
Bulletin 2018-03 Issuance of Subsurface Orders 1B and 3A February 16, 2018
Bulletin 2018-02 Amendments to Well Blowout Prevention and Well Control Certification and Methods under Directives 008, 036, and 037 January 31, 2018
Bulletin 2018-01 OneStop – Water Act Approval Applications and Code of Practice Notifications January 16, 2018
Bulletin 2017-21 New Edition of Directive 067: Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals December 06, 2017
Bulletin 2017-20 Clarification – Pipeline Amendment Applications Moving to OneStop November 02, 2017
Bulletin 2017-19 New Authorizations Process to Implement the Alberta Wetland Policy November 01, 2017
Bulletin 2017-18 Pipeline Amendment Applications Moving to OneStop October 19, 2017
Bulletin 2017-17 New Edition of Directive 085: Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects October 12, 2017
Bulletin 2017-16 Fluid Disposal Schemes in the Elmworth Field, Cardium Sand October 10, 2017
Bulletin 2017-15 Publication of Debtor Registry August 17, 2017
Bulletin 2017-14 Second 2017/18 Orphan Fund Levy August 03, 2017
Bulletin 2017-13 Changes to Process for Transfer Application Decisions July 24, 2017
Bulletin 2017-12 Implementation of OneStop for Pipelines Licence Applications June 26, 2017
Bulletin 2017-11 2017 AER Administration Fees (Industry Levy) April 19, 2017
Bulletin 2017-10 Amendments to the Responsible Energy Development Act General Regulation and the Specified Enactments (Jurisdiction) Regulation April 07, 2017
Bulletin 2017-09 Reporting Non-Emergency Releases from Pipeline Horizontal Directional Drilling April 03, 2017
Bulletin 2017-08 Pipeline Licensee Safety and Loss Management Systems March 31, 2017
Bulletin 2017-07 Revisions to the Guide to the Mine Financial Security Program February 27, 2017
Bulletin 2017-06 Release of Directive 084: Requirements for Hydrocarbon Emission Controls and Gas Conservation in the Peace River Area February 23, 2017
Bulletin 2017-05 Release of ST60B-2016: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring and Venting Report, 2015 February 10, 2017
Bulletin 2017-04 First 2017/18 Orphan Fund Levy February 06, 2017
Bulletin 2017-03 Change to Submission of Emergency Response Plans under Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry February 02, 2017
Bulletin 2017-02 Invitation for Feedback on Draft Revision of Directive 085: Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects January 19, 2017
Bulletin 2017-01 Enhancements to Licensee Liability Rating Program January 05, 2017
Bulletin 2016-33 Amendments to Directive 013: Suspension Requirements for Wells December 20, 2016
Bulletin 2016-32 Release of Directive 086: Reservoir Containment Application Requirements for Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage Projects in the Shallow Athabasca Oil Sands Area December 16, 2016
Bulletin 2016-31 Hydraulic fracturing fluid composition data required under Alberta Energy Regulator Directive 59: Well Drilling and Completion Data Filing Requirements will be used by Alberta Energy. December 01, 2016
Bulletin 2016-30 Fort McMurray Wildfire – Requirements of Licensees to Report Activities Conducted under Bulletin 2016-12 November 10, 2016
Bulletin 2016-29 Issuance of Subsurface Order No. 5 Regarding the Cardium Formation September 29, 2016
Bulletin 2016-28 Issuance of Subsurface Order No. 4 Regarding Coalbed Methane Within the Edmonton and Belly River Groups September 29, 2016
Bulletin 2016-27 Application Requirements for Activities within the Boundary of a Regional Plan September 02, 2016
Bulletin 2016-26 Manual 005: Pipeline Inspections Updated August 18, 2016
Bulletin 2016-25 Second 2016/17 Orphan Fund Levy August 02, 2016
Bulletin 2016-23 New Soil Endpoint and Post-Disposal Sampling Values Under Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management for Boron, Nickel, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes July 15, 2016
Bulletin 2016-22 Operational Advisory: Leak Detection July 14, 2016
Bulletin 2016-24 Issuance of Directive 085: Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects July 14, 2016
Bulletin 2016-21 Revision and Clarification on Alberta Energy Regulator’s Measures to Limit Environmental Impacts Pending Regulatory Changes to Address the Redwater Decision July 08, 2016
Bulletin 2016-20 Fort McMurray Wildfire – AER Recovery Phase Complete July 07, 2016
Bulletin 2016-19 Reducing Failures of High-Level Shutdown Systems June 30, 2016
Bulletin 2016-18 Application Submission Requirements and Guidance for Reclamation Certificates for Well Sites and Associated Facilities June 21, 2016
Bulletin 2016-17 New System and Training for Reclamation Certificate Applications June 21, 2016
Bulletin 2016-16 Licensee Eligibility – Alberta Energy Regulator Measures to Limit Environmental Impacts Pending Regulatory Changes to Address the Redwater Decision June 20, 2016
Bulletin 2016-15 2016 AER Administration Fees (Industry Levy) May 17, 2016
Bulletin 2016-14 Release of New Subsoil Salinity Tool Assessment Checklist May 13, 2016
Bulletin 2016-13 Fort McMurray Wildfires – Resuming Operations [Rescinded by Bulletin 2016-20] May 11, 2016
Bulletin 2016-12 Fort McMurray Wildfire – Emergency Protocol for Oil Sands Operators May 04, 2016
Bulletin 2016-11 Conditions in Alberta Energy Regulator Approvals Relating to Participation in the Cumulative Environmental Management Association April 15, 2016
Bulletin 2016-09 Alignment of Reclamation Application Process with Responsible Energy Development Act Statement of Concern Requirements April 08, 2016
Bulletin 2016-10 Obligations of Licensees When in Insolvency or When Otherwise Ceasing Operations April 08, 2016
Bulletin 2016-08 Release of Manual 014: Liquid Classification and Well Status Fluid Type Determination for Oil and Gas Wells April 05, 2016
Bulletin 2016-07 Updates to Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations March 31, 2016
Bulletin 2016-06 Grande Prairie Field Centre Relocating March 21, 2016
Bulletin 2016-05 First 2016/17 Orphan Fund Levy March 18, 2016
Bulletin 2016-04 New E-mail Address for Oil Sands Mining and Processing Plants Reports and Plans Submissions March 07, 2016
Bulletin 2016-02 Direction for Conservation and Reclamation Submissions Under an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Approval for Enhanced Recovery In Situ Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Processing Plants and Oil Production Sites March 01, 2016
Bulletin 2016-03 Suspension Requirements for Wells (Directive 013) March 01, 2016
Bulletin 2016-01 Release of the Integrated Compliance Assurance Framework and Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program; Rescission of Directive 019: Compliance Assurance February 12, 2016
Bulletin 2015-34 Confirmation of the Transfer of Pipeline Records to Be Added to the Licence Transfer Application December 17, 2015
Bulletin 2011-05 Volumetric Reporting Submission Errors and Noncompliance Fees Related to Waste Plant Reporting March 03, 2011
Bulletin 2010-43 Removal of Personal Information Contained in Well Drilling and Completions Daily Operations Reports (Tour Reports) December 09, 2010
Bulletin 2009-44 Reminder of the January 1, 2010, Fugitive Emissions Program Effective Date December 16, 2009
Bulletin 2009-42 New ERCB Processes and Computer Systems for Oil Density and Acid Gas Content Values and Change Processes December 01, 2009
Bulletin 2009-32 New Version of ERCBH2S Available for Testing and Feedback and Implementation Plan for Directive 071 October 01, 2009
Bulletin 2009-18 Clarification for the July 1, 2009, Annual Dehydrator Benzene Inventory List Submission of 2008 Operating Year Information May 21, 2009
Bulletin 2009-13 Waiver of Open-Hole Well Logging Requirements April 28, 2009
Bulletin 2009-07 Revisions to the Digital Data Submission System Regarding Interim Directive 2003-01 February 20, 2009
Bulletin 2008-48 Clarification of Requirements Regarding Oil and Gas Development Within or Proximal to Water Bodies December 19, 2008
Bulletin 2008-15 New Edition of Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry Issued April 08, 2008
Bulletin 2007-10 ST55-2007: Alberta's Base of Groundwater Protection (BGWP) Information April 19, 2007
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