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.
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.
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.
Murphy Oil fined $172,500 for pipeline spill
Spill went undetected from January to March 2015, releasing about 1.4 million litres of condensate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AER fines Calgary company for 48 day oil pipeline leak
Pengrowth has been fined $250,000 for breaching Alberta environment and public lands laws.
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.
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.
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.
AER investigating NuVista spill in northwestern Alberta
Pipeline has spewed about 100,000 litres of a mixture of water, oil and gas.
Oil sands assessment of 30 dead herons underway
Alberta Energy Regulator has sent staff to to the Syncrude Canada Mildred Lake mine site.
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.
AER to inspect integrity of 65 energy industry dams
Regulator says 32 pose “extremely” high environmental consequences if they were to fail.
CNRL says pipeline spill clean up in ‘advanced stages’
Incident blamed on pipeline mechanical failure.
AER approves Cenovus’ Telephone Lake oil sands project
Initial phases approved for production capacity of 90,000 bbls/d.
China’s Sinopec fined $150K over Alberta pipeline spill
2012 spill caused by contractor’s attempts to restart compressors at two wells.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alberta mum on decisions re: input at energy hearings
Freedom of information request by Canadian Press yields 260 blank pages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regulator gives conditional approval to Athabasca’s Dover oilsands project
The project will use steam-assisted gravity drainage technology to recover bitumen.
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.