Alberta says energy regulator review won’t include its main mandate

Notley concerned the Alberta Energy Regulator was responsible for promoting energy development and for protecting the environment.

EDMONTON — The Alberta government appears to be backing away from the idea of splitting the duties of the province’s energy regulator.

Premier Rachel Notley said last June that she was concerned about the Alberta Energy Regulator being responsible for both promoting energy development and for protecting the environment.

Last month, the government announced that it is reviewing all provincial agencies and boards, including the regulator, to ensure value for taxpayers.

Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd has sent a letter to Gerry Protti, the regulator’s chairman, since then that says the review will not include the agency’s regulatory mandate.

In 2013, the regulator took over from the Environment Department responsibility for reviewing the effects of oil, natural gas, oilsands and coal projects.

That change stemmed from legislation that was passed to make it easier for the energy industry to navigate the regulatory system.

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