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.

Who was consulted on these regulations?
What is the Regulatory Enhancement Project?
Why do we have so many regulators/agencies/government departments that monitor Alberta’s environment with respect to energy projects?
Can landowners still enter into private surface agreements with industry?

Industry Questions and Answers

What if I applied to ESRD before November 30? Will my application be addressed by ESRD or the AER?

First Nations Questions and Answers

Who will determine whether my application requires First Nations consultation after November 30?