Regulatory Enhancement Project
In December 2012, the Responsible Energy Development Act was passed, creating the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), a single regulator for upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal projects in the province.
The AER is responsible for regulating energy resource developments from initial application to reclamation, and it is a key pillar in Alberta’s integrated resource management System .
The transition to the AER was completed on March 31, 2014.
In May 2014 the AER and the BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) signed a memorandum of understanding to form a strategic partnership to enhance energy resource regulation in both Alberta and British Columbia.
In March 2014, the AER hosted industry information sessions about about the AER’s regulatory responsibilities under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and Water Act. Information on authorizations, the Mine Financial Security Program, Compliance and Enforcement, and Reclamation and Remediation were also provided.
In November 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).
In 2013 the Alberta Responsible Energy Policy System (AREPS) was launched to bring together policies, regulations and pieces of legislation, from the AER and the departments of Energy and Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD).