Regulatory Enhancement Project
In December 2012, the Responsible Energy Development Act was passed, which creates a single regulator for upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal projects in the province. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) announced that transition was complete on March 31, 2014.
On November 5, 2013, the Alberta government passed regulations that give the Alberta Energy Regulator more authority.
The new regulations ensure:
- Public notice of applications made to the Alberta Energy Regulator is given to Albertans.
- Landowners can register new surface agreements with the regulator.
- The regulator has the authority to administer the Public Lands Act for energy projects.
This move reinforces what Albertans have been told from the outset – that all existing environmental requirements and standards will continue under the Alberta Energy Regulator(AER).
AER is a key pillar in Alberta’s integrated resource management approach to natural resource development. Ultimately, it will be responsible for energy resource developments from initial application to reclamation.
In the summer of 2013 the Alberta Responsible Energy Policy System(AREPS) was launched to bring together policies, regulations and pieces of legislation, from the Alberta Energy Regulator, the departments of Energy and Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.