Regulatory Enhancement

The Responsible Energy Development Actexternal link icon passed in 2012, is a one - stop approach making it easier for Albertans and industry to navigate the system.

The Alberta Energy RegulatorPDF icon (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 Systemexternal link icon .

Enhancements include;

  • 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 Systemexternal link icon (AREPS) to bring together policies, regulations and pieces of legislation, from the AER and the departments of Energy and Environment and Sustainable Resource Developmentexternal link icon (ESRD).

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.

General Questions and Answers

Who was consulted on the regulations for the Responsible Energy Development Act?
Why did government choose to take a phased approach to the implementation of the AER?
What is the Regulatory Enhancement Project?
How is the new system 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?
How does the REP fit into Alberta’s broader integrated resource management system?

Landowner Questions and Answers

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

Alberta Energy Regulator Procedures Questions and Answers

How will Albertans know about project applications?
How can Albertans provide input into the application process?
Who will hold the hearings and who can provide input?
Can I appeal a decision?
How will disputes be resolved?

First Nations Questions and Answers

Who will determine whether my application requires First Nations consultation?
How long will the Aboriginal Consultation Office 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?