News Release 2014-03-31/2


News Release 2014-03-31/2

News Release 2014-03-31/2 (AERNR2014-05)

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AER Peace River Proceeding Panel Makes 20 Recommendations Regarding Heavy Oil Operations

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Calgary, Alberta (Mar 31, 2014)…

Report Regarding Proceeding into Odours and Emissions from Heavy Oil Operations in the Peace River Area Released

The panel of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Peace River proceeding (examining odours and emissions from heavy oil operations in the Peace River area) has released its report, including 20 recommendations.

The report, written by independent AER hearing commissioners, contains multiple recommendations, including calls for regulatory change, regional air monitoring, and ongoing stakeholder engagement in the region. The proceeding was called by AER president and chief executive officer (CEO) Jim Ellis.

"I called this proceeding as part of the AER's commitment to ensuring the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of Alberta's energy resources," said Mr. Ellis.

"AER technical and regulatory staff are now reviewing the report's findings and the panel's recommendations and we will provide a formal response to the report by April 15, 2014."

Copies of the report are available on the AER website.

The proceeding consisted of four phases:
  • Phase 1: Organizational meeting
  • Phase 2: Expert selection and information gathering (written)
  • Phase 3: Solutions and recommendations (written)
  • Phase 4: Oral proceeding

The oral proceeding started on January 21 and ended January 31, 2014, in Peace River, Alberta. The panel provided its report to the AER on March 31, 2014.

"I would like to thank all those who participated in the proceeding," said Mr. Ellis. "Specifically I thank the panel, as well as the area residents and local industry operators who expended a great deal of time and effort to provide the panel with relevant, quality information."

The Alberta Energy Regulator ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.


The panel of the Peace River proceeding delivered its report, including 20 recommendations, to the Alberta Energy Regulator today. The report stems from the recent proceeding examining odours and emissions from heavy oil production in the Peace River area. According to AER president and CEO, Jim Ellis, the regulator will review and respond to the recommendations by April 15, 2014.

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For more information, please contact:

Bob Curran, AER Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 403-297-3392
Media line: 1-855-474-6356