Regulatory Enhancement Project

In December 2012, the Responsible Energy Development Actexternal link icon was passed, which creates a single regulator for upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal projects in the province. The Alberta Energy RegulatorPDF icon (AER) announcedexternal link icon that transition was complete on March 31, 2014.  

What's New

The Alberta Energy Regulator hosted industry information sessions for the Responsible Energy Development Actexternal link icon(REDA) in March, 2014, presentationsexternal link will be posted on their site.

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 Actexternal link icon 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 Regulatorexternal link icon(AER).

AER is a key pillar in Alberta’s integrated resource managementexternal link icon 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 Systemexternal link icon(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.

General Questions and Answers

What new responsibilities is the Alberta Energy Regulator taking on with the regulations passed in November 2013?
Who was consulted on these regulations?
Why are we implementing regulations in a phased approach instead of all at once?
If the new regulator won’t be fully operational until next year, what does the next phase entail?
What is the Regulatory Enhancement Project?
How will the new system be an improvement?

Environmental Questions and Answers

What is left for Environment and Sustainable Resource Development to do if its environmental powers are being given to the Alberta Energy Regulator?
Why do we have so many regulators/agencies/government departments that monitor Alberta’s environment with respect to energy projects?
What will the new regulator be responsible for?

Environmental Questions and Answers

Does REP address our environmental requirements?

Landowner Questions and Answers

How will landowner concerns be addressed by the new regulator?
Can landowners still enter into private surface agreements with industry?
How are we involving landowners in policy-making decisions?

Landowner rights Questions and Answers

How will Albertans know about project applications?
How can Albertans provide input into the application process?
Who will hold the hearings?
Who has standing to provide input at hearings?
How will appeals be handled?
How will disputes be resolved?

Industry Questions and Answers

What if I applied to ESRD before November 30? Will my application be addressed by ESRD or the AER?
What if I have an appeal to the Public Lands Appeal Board on November 30? Will the regulator take over?

First Nations Questions and Answers

Who will determine whether my application requires First Nations consultation after November 30?
How long will the decision take to determine if First Nations consultation is needed?
If consultation with First Nations is needed, how long will the consultations take?
Who will assess the adequacy of First Nations consultation for my application?