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Calgary, Alberta (Jun 26, 2014)…
The Honourable Diana McQueen, minister of energy, joined Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) chair Gerry Protti and president and chief executive officer Jim Ellis to celebrate the AER’s one-year anniversary and launch the organization’s first annual report.
The annual report highlights achievements from the AER’s first year in operation and features its 2014–17 strategic plan.
“This has been a year of progress and accomplishment for the AER,” said Mr. Protti. “We've launched a stronger, more transparent, more efficient regulator for oil, gas and coal development in Alberta. Built on a 76-year history of energy regulation, a lot has been achieved in a short timeframe and we remain committed to being the best-in-class regulator Albertans expect."
Since its launch in June 2013, the AER has built a full life-cycle regulatory system for energy development in Alberta, and now has the authority to oversee energy development projects from application and construction through to abandonment and reclamation, and everything in between.
“Today’s event celebrates more than our first year as Alberta’s new energy regulator,” said Mr. Ellis. “The AER has reached an important milestone and now it’s time to turn our focus to becoming a best-in-class regulator—one that is protective, effective, efficient, and credible. We protect what matters most by regulating the development of our energy resources in a manner that is safe, environmentally responsible and delivers economic benefits for all Albertans.”
AER milestones over the last year include
The AER 2014-17 strategic plan reflects the organization’s mandate and vision to become best in class by being protective, effective, efficient, and credible. Looking ahead, the AER will use the plan as a roadmap for setting priorities, outcomes, and performance measures and targets. The strategic plan will ultimately guide decision-making as the organization forges ahead with important initiatives designed to fulfill its mandate and achieve its vision.
The AER 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.
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For more information, please contact:Peter Murchland, AER Office of Public Affairs