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November 14, 2019  

Planned sale of gas wells, pipelines raises cleanup concerns

Alberta Energy Regulator has promised watch licence transfers to ensure purchasers are able to cover reclamation costs.

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July 5, 2017  

AER turns to Supreme Court on well abandonment ruling

2016 decision ruled assets from bankrupt energy companies should go first to creditors, not to cleaning up abandoned oil wells.

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March 20, 2017  

AER rejects Suncor oil sands tailing pond strategy

Regulator rules company didn’t prove its plan to use water cap to contain tailings was a viable enough option.

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March 1, 2017  

Murphy Oil fined $172,500 for pipeline spill

Spill went undetected from January to March 2015, releasing about 1.4 million litres of condensate.

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February 23, 2017  

Companies raise concerns that new AER reporting could be misleading

Regulator’s performance report to make it easier for the public to see which companies are falling behind on pipeline safety.

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February 16, 2017  

AER shuts down Lexin Resources’ oil and gas operations

Regulator says the company owes $1 million in levies to the Orphan Well Association, $70 million in security for reclamation obligations.

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February 2, 2017  

Researcher says Alberta spills data too positive

Biologist concludes the AER doesn’t have a good handle on how much oil and saline water has been released.

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October 31, 2016  

Tougher rules convince oil and gas producers to accelerate well cleanups

AER rules are meant to prevent financially shaky companies from running up reclamation liabilities to unaffordable levels.

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January 18, 2016  

Nexen halts production at oil sands plant following fatal explosion

Worker who has injured has been transported to a burn unit at an Edmonton hospital.

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January 15, 2016  

AER fines Calgary company for 48 day oil pipeline leak

Pengrowth has been fined $250,000 for breaching Alberta environment and public lands laws.

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December 4, 2015  

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.

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September 18, 2015  

Nexen Energy can resume more oil sands pipeline operations: Alberta regulator

The subsidiary of Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd. was ordered to cease operating 95 pipelines in August.

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September 2, 2015  

Nexen shutting Long Lake operation to comply with regulator

AER ordered company to cease operation of 95 pipelines because it was not complying with maintenance and monitoring regulations.

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August 20, 2015  

AER investigating NuVista spill in northwestern Alberta

Pipeline has spewed about 100,000 litres of a mixture of water, oil and gas.

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August 10, 2015  

Oil sands assessment of 30 dead herons underway

Alberta Energy Regulator has sent staff to to the Syncrude Canada Mildred Lake mine site.

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July 17, 2015  

Nexen pipeline spills 5M litres of emulsion near Fort McMurray

Company says the affected area is about 16,000 square metres, mostly along the pipeline’s route.

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March 13, 2015  

AER to inspect integrity of 65 energy industry dams

Regulator says 32 pose “extremely” high environmental consequences if they were to fail.

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December 1, 2014  

CNRL says pipeline spill clean up in ‘advanced stages’

Incident blamed on pipeline mechanical failure.

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November 17, 2014  

AER approves Cenovus’ Telephone Lake oil sands project

Initial phases approved for production capacity of 90,000 bbls/d.

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November 10, 2014  

China’s Sinopec fined $150K over Alberta pipeline spill

2012 spill caused by contractor’s attempts to restart compressors at two wells.

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October 14, 2014  

Alberta Energy Regulator approves pipeline from oil sands to Edmonton

$3-billion Grand Rapids pipeline ship up to 900,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day.

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September 16, 2014  

CNRL gets go ahead to use low pressure steam at troubled oil sands site

Alberta Energy Regulator says it’s satisfied steamflooding approach will lower the risk of more leaks.

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August 28, 2014  

AER says Plains making progress on safety, but will continue to monitor

The company was fined $1.3 million in June after pleading guilty to environmental charges related to two high-profile oil spills.

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August 8, 2014  

CNRL wants to resume work at Primrose using different extraction technique

Oil sands producer is seeking permission to use steam flooding, a process that injects steam at low pressure.

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August 5, 2014  

Alberta mum on decisions re: input at energy hearings

Freedom of information request by Canadian Press yields 260 blank pages.

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July 24, 2014  

TransCanada’s Northern Courier pipeline green lighted

$800-million project will connect Suncor Energy Inc.’s planned Fort Hills mine to a tank farm near Fort McMurray.

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June 2, 2014  

Plains Midstream charged in Alberta pipeline leak that spewed into river

The regulator says company failed to enact adequate mitigation measures and communicated poorly with those affected.

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April 16, 2014  

Alberta Energy Regulator toughens rules to cut effects of gas emissions

Changes give the regulator the power to order mandatory conservation of gases for specific areas and projects.

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January 15, 2014  

Alberta energy regulator, NWT in talks over technical support

The territory will take over responsibility from the federal government for managing its natural resources in April.

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October 22, 2013  

Alberta orders more environmental protection work at Primrose leak

Second order issued over northern Alberta oil sands project, CNRL to find root cause of bitumen releases.

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August 7, 2013  

Regulator gives conditional approval to Athabasca’s Dover oilsands project

The project will use steam-assisted gravity drainage technology to recover bitumen.

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July 31, 2013  

CNRL says leaks at Primrose oilsands operation contained

About 6,300 barrels of bitumen emulsion have been collected to date; rate of seepage now less than 20 barrels per day.