The Responsible Energy Development Act passed in 2012, is a one - stop approach making it easier for Albertans and industry to navigate the system.
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), a single regulator for upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal projects in the province 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 .
- New Services for Landowners, AER has authority over all decision and review processes, and there are provisions for applying to the Court of Appeal. Under this new system, the decision - making process will be streamlined. Landowners can ask the AER to determine if industry is complying with the terms and conditions of the agreement. If the AER finds that industry is not complying, it may issue an order directing industry to comply.
- Strong Environmental Enforcement, the AER will have increased fines at its disposal for companies who are not operating in accordance with agreements. The AER will
be responsible for enforcing all legislation related to energy resources, including land and water acts.
- Consultation with Aboriginal Albertans the duty to consult and engage with First Nations and Aboriginal people
across the province rests with the Crown.
Alberta has a regulatory system that benefits Alberta’s and Canada’s economy. The most visible component of the Regulatory Enhancement Task Force recommendations was to establish the AER, however work is moving ahead on the other recommendations.
The new Policy Management Office (PMO) is tasked with developing a public engagement process as well
as the risk assessment and management approach. In 2013 the PMO launched the Alberta Responsible Energy Policy System
(AREPS) to bring together policies, regulations and pieces of legislation, from the AER and the departments of Energy and Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Part of Integrated Resource Management is how we plan for and approve development needs
to be looked at holistically, in a way that allows the province to remain competitive, but also with an
eye towards the environment.
Other key elements of integrating the resource management system include a new environmental
monitoring system and land-use planning.