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Date Raw Name Description Date
20180510 Public Statement 2018-05-10 Shining a light on pipeline performance: AER president and CEO Jim Ellis May 10, 2018
20180510 News Release 2018-05-10 AER reports pipeline incidents are down due to improved performance May 10, 2018
20180222 News Release 2018-02-22 Updated AER water use report shows companies are using less February 22, 2018
20180221 Media Advisory 2018-01 AER to hold technical briefing on updated water use report February 21, 2018
20180215 Public Statement 2018-02-15 Why we are fighting: AER president and CEO Jim Ellis February 15, 2018
20180328 News Release 2018-03-28 Bashaw Oil Corp sour well applications denied March 28, 2018
20171120 Media Advisory 2017-04 AER president and CEO speaking to international delegates November 20, 2017
20171109 News Release 2017-11-09 Supreme Court of Canada to hear AER appeal of the Redwater decision November 09, 2017
20170919 Media Advisory 2017-03 AER responding to bird fatalities in oil sands area September 19, 2017
20170901 News Release 2017-09-01 Prairie Mines & Royalty fined $95,000 September 01, 2017
20170803 News Release 2017-08-03 Syncrude charged with blue heron deaths August 03, 2017
20170706 News Release 2017-07-06 Nexen charged for July 2015 Long Lake pipeline spill July 06, 2017
20170630 News Release 2017-06-30 AER Issues Order to Journey Energy Inc. Following Two Crude Oil Emulsion Spills June 30, 2017
20170627 News Release 2017-06-27 The Year That Was: Five Things About the AER’s 2016/17 Annual Report June 27, 2017
20170613 News Release 2017-06-13 Lexin agrees to cooperate with receivership, director pays $175 000 June 13, 2017
20170609 News Release 2017-06-09 Guilty plea leads to $925,000 penalty for Obed Mountain Coal Mine spill June 09, 2017
20170531 News Release 2017-05-31 AER releases industry water use report to drive improved performance May 31, 2017
20170428 News Release 2017-04-28 AER to appeal Redwater decision to Supreme Court of Canada April 28, 2017
20170322 News Release 2017-03-22 Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC and Westmoreland Coal Company face charges March 22, 2017
20170228 News Release 2017-02-28_2 The AER releases Annual Reserves and Supply/Demand Outlook Report online February 28, 2017
20170228 News Release 2017-02-28 AER issues penalty to Murphy Oil Limited for 2015 spill February 28, 2017
20170223 News Release 2017-02-23 AER issues Peace River area directive February 23, 2017
20170221 News Release 2017-02-21 AER expands pipeline incident reporting to drive improved performance February 21, 2017
20170217 Media Advisory 2017-02 AER to hold technical briefing on pipeline performance February 17, 2017
20170215 News Release 2017-02-15 AER escalates enforcement action against Lexin Resources Ltd. February 15, 2017
20170214 Media Advisory 2017-01 AER briefing on corporate enforcement action February 14, 2017
20170113 Public Statement 2017-01-13 Supreme Court of Canada Ernst v. Alberta Energy Regulator decision January 13, 2017
20161025 News Release 2016-10-25 The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued a formal notice of investigation to Trilogy Energy Corporation October 25, 2016
20161004 News Release 2016-10-04 Apache pleads guilty after two pipeline failures October 04, 2016
20160714 News Release 2016-07-14 New Rules Target Tailings Ponds July 14, 2016
20160614 News Release 2016-06-14 AER issues Environmental Protection Order to ConocoPhillips June 14, 2016
20160527 Public Statement 2016-05-27 AER appeals Court of Queen’s Bench Redwater decision May 27, 2016
20160321 News Release 2016-03-21 CNRL Primrose incident caused by excessive steaming; AER releases final investigation report March 21, 2016
20160317 Media Advisory 2016-03-17 AER to hold technical briefing on its investigation into Canadian Natural Resource Limited’s Primrose flow-to-surface events March 17, 2016
20160118 News Release 2016-01-18 AER lays charges against Apache for 2014 pipeline spill January 18, 2016
20151106 News Release 2015-11-06 Results of AER dam safety inspections released November 06, 2015
20151028 News Release 2015-10-28 AER CEO Orders Hearing to Review Ferus Application October 28, 2015
20151021 News Release 2015-10-21 Alberta Energy Regulator seeks input from Albertans on regulatory excellence in Alberta – University of Pennsylvania delivers final framework for regulatory excellence October 21, 2015
20151019 News Release 2015-10-19 Charges laid regarding October 2013 Apache Zama City pipeline spill October 19, 2015
20151016 News Release 2015-10-16 Charges laid regarding October 2013 Obed Mountain Coal Mine spill October 16, 2015
20150921 News Release 2015-09-21 The AER Responding to a Natural Gas Well Blowout near Fox Creek September 21, 2015
20150917 News Release 2015-09-17 AER seeks feedback on draft requirements for managing tailings in Alberta September 17, 2015
20150916 News Release 2015-09-16 AER allows resumption of 10 production pipelines at Nexen Long Lake; 45 lines remain shut in September 16, 2015
20150906 News Release 2015-09-06 AER allows resumption of utility pipelines at Nexen Long Lake; 55 lines remain shut in September 06, 2015
20150828 News Release 2015-08-28 AER issues Suspension Order to Nexen August 28, 2015
20150818 News Release 2015-08-18 The updated Alberta Table of Formations is now available as a reference for resource industries to identify and name geological formations encountered in Alberta. August 18, 2015
20150811 News Release 2015-08-11 AER issues Environmental Protection Order to Syncrude August 11, 2015
20150808 News Release 2015-08-08 AER responding to waterfowl deaths at a Syncrude site in the Fort McMurray area August 08, 2015
20150717 News Release 2015-07-17 AER issues Environmental Protection Order to Nexen July 17, 2015
20150716 News Release 2015-07-16 AER responding to a pipeline failure near Fort McMurray July 16, 2015
20150707 News Release 2015-07-07 Apache Canada Ltd subject to AER enforcement action July 07, 2015
20150703 News Release 2015-07-03 Alberta Energy Regulator shuts in wells following compliance sweeps in the Peace River area July 03, 2015
20150629 News Release 2015-06-29 AER releases annual reserves report June 29, 2015
20150313 News Release 2015-03-13 AER suspends Directive 074: Tailings Performance Criteria and Requirements for Oil Sands Mining Schemes March 13, 2015
20150311 News Release 2015-03-11 AER responds to Auditor General’s audit of pipeline safety and will support recommendations made to the Government of Alberta on dam safety March 11, 2015
20150219 News Release 2015-02-19 AER responding to seismic events in the Fox Creek area February 19, 2015
20150218 News Release 2015-02-18 AER expands public reporting with new dashboard February 18, 2015
Date Raw Name Description Date
20180618 Announcement - June 18, 2018 Annual oil and gas pool reserve files now available in ST98 June 18, 2018
20180615 Announcement - June 15, 2018 New OneStop quick reference guides and training videos June 15, 2018
20180611 Announcement - June 11, 2018 Talk AER Decommission June 11, 2018
20180531 Announcement - May 31, 2018 Website outages from June 1 until June 2 May 31, 2018
20180528 Announcement - May 28, 2018 Well, facility, and volumetric data files – now available in Petrinex May 28, 2018
20180329 Announcement - March 29, 2018 Integrated Application Process for Major Projects March 29, 2018
20180322 Announcement - March 22, 2018 Changes to ST100 March 22, 2018
20180313 Announcement - March 13, 2018 Integrated Decision Approach Information Sessions March 13, 2018
20180312 Announcement - March 12, 2018 The AER is hosting information sessions on map viewer navigation and customization and on notification reports and submissions. March 12, 2018
20180216 Announcement - February 16, 2018 Scheduled outage for Well Spacing Map and the AER Order System February 16, 2018
20180123 Announcement - January 23, 2018 Directive 067 – new FAQ January 23, 2018
20180123 Announcement - January 23, 2018 OneStop Scheduled Outage January 23, 2018
20171219 Announcement - December 19, 2017 2017 Office Holiday Closure December 19, 2017
20171108 Announcement - November 8, 2017 OneStop Scheduled Outage November 08, 2017
20171031 Announcement - October 31, 2017 OneStop Scheduled Outage October 31, 2017
20171030 Announcement - October 30, 2017 The Alberta Energy Regulator is working with the RCMP to investigate a break in at the Red Deer Field Centre. October 30, 2017
20171024 Announcement - October 24, 2017 The AER is holding an information session to introduce our new online process for all pipeline amendments applications October 24, 2017
20171010 Announcement - October 10, 2017 Legacy email addresses being decommissioned October 10, 2017
20170928 Announcement - September 28, 2017 The Dam Safety Program web page has been updated to include the Dam and Pond Map, which displays all 119 AER-regulated ponds across the province. September 28, 2017
20170921 Announcement - September 21, 2017 The AER has published Voices of Understanding, a facilitator’s guide to Blackfoot decision-making circles and ethical spaces, and a “What We Heard” report summarizing data from 2016 focus testing. September 21, 2017
20170907 Announcement - September 7, 2017 The AER is hosting several industry information sessions in Calgary and Edmonton to provide a general update on the Integrated Decision Approach. September 07, 2017
20170727 Announcement - July 27, 2017 Effective immediately, the CRC facility will be open on Mondays as well (except AER designated holidays), subject to a few service restrictions. July 27, 2017
20170704 Announcement - July 4, 2017 AER appeal of Redwater Decision to Supreme Court of Canada July 04, 2017
20170629 Announcement - June 28, 2017 Holiday office closure June 29, 2017
20170606 Announcement - June 6, 2017 A revised version of the AER Products and Services catalogue has been released. June 06, 2017
20170605 Announcement - June 5, 2017 The AER is hosting industry training sessions in Calgary to explain how to use the OneStop platform to submit pipeline applications. June 05, 2017
20170601 Announcement - June 1, 2017 AER Enters into MOU with ICORE June 01, 2017
20170530 Announcement - May 30, 2017 The AER has posted the Safety Loss Management System presentation. May 30, 2017
20170512 Announcement - May 12, 2017 Update - On Monday, May 15, all external AER systems are operational following a preventative outage in response to the current worldwide ransomware attack. May 12, 2017
20170508 Announcement - May 8, 2017 The AER has named two new members to its executive leadership team: Mark Taylor, executive vice president, Operations; and Carol Crowfoot, executive vice president, Strategy and Regulatory. May 08, 2017
20170505 Announcement - May 5, 2017 The AER is implementing phase two of the venting compliance program. May 05, 2017
20170428 Announcement - April 28, 2017 New Public Lands Disposition Application Requirements April 28, 2017
20170419 Announcement - April 19, 2017 Tableau will be unavailable from 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21 to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 while the AER performs upgrades to the tool. April 19, 2017
20170418 Announcement - April 18, 2017 Update - Based on feedback we heard from users, the AER has updated the OneStop: Reclamation Certificate tool. April 18, 2017
20170412 Announcement - April 12, 2017 Update - Two additional information sessions have been added to discuss improvements to the application requirements for submitting an application for a public lands disposition. April 12, 2017
20170411 Announcement - April 11, 2017 The AER’s new 2017-20 strategic plan and overview is now available. April 11, 2017
20170409 Announcement - April 6, 2017 Update April 9 - The login issues related to AER systems and tools, including Digital Data Submission (DDS), have been resolved. April 09, 2017
20170405 Announcement - April 5, 2017 A third Safety and Loss Management Systems Program (SMLS) information session has been added. April 05, 2017
20170321 Announcement - March 21, 2017 Court approves receiver for Lexin assets March 21, 2017
20170313 Announcement - March 13, 2017 Planned systems outage March 13, 2017
20170307 Announcement - March 7, 2017 Court of Queen’s Bench upholds and extends order preventing removal of equipment from Lexin sites 
 March 07, 2017
20170306 Announcement - February 14, 2017 Lexin Interim Order - Updated March 06, 2017
20170201 Announcement - February 1, 2017 The AER is hosting several industry information sessions in Calgary and Edmonton to introduce the integrated decision approach. February 01, 2017
20161216 Announcement - December 16, 2016 2016 AER Office Holiday Closure December 16, 2016
20161214 Announcement - December 14, 2016 Duvernay Reserves and Resources Report released December 14, 2016
20161210 Announcement - December 10, 2016 AER System Outage Update - AER systems are operational December 10, 2016
20161101 Announcement - November 1, 2016 The OneStop Reclamation Certificate Application tool will be unavailable from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday November 5 while the AER performs maintenance and updates to the system. November 01, 2016
20161020 Announcement - October 20, 2016 The Alberta Energy Regulator has become an associate member of the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC). October 20, 2016
20161006 Announcement - October 6, 2016 The OneStop Reclamation Certificate Application tool will be unavailable from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday October 11. October 06, 2016
20161005 Announcement - October 5, 2016 The Lieutenant Governor in Council appointed Stan Boutin, Monica Norminton, and Jack Royal as members of the board of directors of the Alberta Energy Regulator October 05, 2016
20160929 Announcement - September 29, 2016 Well Spacing Map and AER Order System Outage September 29, 2016
20160913 Announcement - September 13, 2016 Field Centre Boundary Map now available September 13, 2016
20160809 Announcement - August 9, 2016 OneStop: Reclamation Certificate Tool Updates August 09, 2016
20160805 Announcement - August 5, 2016 Planned outage for the Reclamation Certificate Tool August 05, 2016
20160727 Announcement - July 27, 2016 A new National and International Relations page has been created to outline the AER’s formal partnerships, delegation visits, and contact information. July 27, 2016
20160726 Announcement - July 26, 2016 A revised version of the AER Products and Services catalogue has been released, highlights are inclusion of service ‘Alberta Geological Survey’, 55 products now have attributes itemized for enhanced search capability, and a list of products offered by subscription. July 26, 2016
20160630 Announcement - June 30, 2016 AER offices are closed Monday, July 4, 2016. June 30, 2016
20160627 Announcement - June 27, 2017 Additional training session for the new Reclamation Certificate Application System June 27, 2016
20160621 Announcement - June 21, 2016 The Alberta Energy Regulator Releases its 2015/16 Annual Report June 21, 2016
20160504 Announcement - May 4, 2016 Fort McMurray Regional Office Evacuated May 04, 2016
20160503 Fort McMurray Wildfires 2016 Information regarding the wildfires at Fort McMurray May 03, 2016
20160420 Announcement - April 20, 2016 The AER’s new 2016-19 strategic plan and overview is now available. April 20, 2016
20160415 Announcement - April 15, 2016 An update to base of groundwater protection (BGWP) elevations within Township 076, Ranges 12 and 13, West of the Sixth Meridian has been released. April 15, 2016
20160315 Announcement - March 15, 2016 A new version of the AER Products and Services Catalogue has been made available March 15, 2016
20160229 Announcement - February 29, 2016 Alberta has lost a regulatory pioneer. February 29, 2016
20160225 Announcement - February 11, 2016 The Alberta Energy Regulator will undergo a full systems outage from 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 until midnight on Monday, February 29 in order to upgrade its computer infrastructure. February 25, 2016
20160203 Announcement - February 3, 2016 A revised version of the AER’s Products and Services Catalogue has been posted. February 03, 2016
20160203 Announcement - February 3, 2016 AER has published the February 2016 edition of AER Focus, our quarterly newsletter February 03, 2016
20160120 LLR Information Session Due to demand an additional session is being held on Thursday, 21 January 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. January 20, 2016
20160120 Announcement - January 20, 2016 Systems Service Disruption January 20, 2016
20160107 Announcement - January 7, 2016 Service Alberta has a planned outage scheduled this weekend, from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 10. This outage will affect access to all AER and AGS on-line systems, tools, and map viewers. January 07, 2016
20151224 Announcement - December 11, 2015 2015 Holiday Closure December 24, 2015
20151202 Announcement - December 2, 2015 AER Online Product & Services Catalogue updated December 02, 2015
20151104 Announcement - November 4, 2015 The GIS migration, which was postponed in mid-October due to technical issues, has been rescheduled for November 13 - 15. November 04, 2015
20151022 Announcement - October 22, 2015 The AER will undergo a full systems outage from 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 29 to 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 2 in order to update its computer infrastructure October 22, 2015
20150922 Announcement - September 22, 2015 Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative Update September 22, 2015
20150819 Announcement - August 19, 2015 AER Online Product & Services Catalogue updated August 19, 2015
20150723 Announcement - July 23, 2015 Well Spacing Map and AER Order System Outage from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2015 July 23, 2015
20150715 Announcement - July 15, 2015 AER has released its 2014/15 annual report July 15, 2015
20150715 Announcement - July 15, 2015 AER has published the July 2015 edition of AER Focus, our quarterly newsletter July 15, 2015
20150713 Announcement - July 13, 2015 AER launches new on-line Product and Services Catalogue July 13, 2015
20150710 Announcement - July 10, 2015 Planned systems outage July 17 to 18, 2015 July 10, 2015
20150707 Announcement - July 7, 2015 Grand Rapids Pipeline Project – Change to Hearing Start Time July 07, 2015
20150611 Announcement - June 11, 2015 The Alberta Energy Regulator will undergo a planned systems outage from 6 p.m. Friday June 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, in order to update its computer infrastructure. June 11, 2015
20150610 Announcement - June 10, 2015 Announcing AER's weekly web update June 10, 2015
20150608 Announcement - June 8, 2015 The AER is holding industry information sessions to help licensees understand the impacts of the 2015 LLR changes and discuss available options for managing their deemed liabilities. June 08, 2015
20150529 AER Systems Outage - May 2015 The technical issues experienced by the Alberta Energy Regulator last week have been resolved. All external systems and tools are back online. May 29, 2015
20150514 Announcement - May 14, 2015 Shapefiles of Appendix E: Crude Bitumen Pay Thickness and Geological Structure Contour Maps from AER ST98-2014 Alberta's Energy Reserves 2013 and Supply/Demand Outlook 2014-2023 are now available online May 14, 2015
20150402 Announcement - April 2, 2015 ESRD Core Network Devices will be unavailable from Thursday April 02, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. until Tuesday April 07, 2015 at 6:00 a.m. Electrical power will be shut down for upgrades for theses 5 days. April 02, 2015
20150325 Announcement - March 25, 2015 A revised version of the AER Products and Services Catalogue (2015-03) has been posted March 25, 2015
20150319 Announcement - March 19, 2015 Well Spacing Map and AER Order System Outage March 19, 2015
20150306 Announcement - March 6, 2015 March Blog Post: AER’s quick response to seismic events in Fox Creek March 06, 2015
20150305 Announcement - March 5, 2015 Initial release of the Authorizations Business Process Descriptions. March 05, 2015
20150223 Announcement - February 23, 2015 The Well Spacing Map and the AER Order System will be unavailable from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 26, 2015. February 23, 2015
20150218 Announcement - February 18, 2015 Effective Monday Feb 23, 2015, access to the Order Fulfillment area on the 10th floor of Centennial Place will be closed to the public. Requests for information and support will be provided over the phone by calling 1-855-297-8311, or e-mail at informationrequest@aer.ca. February 18, 2015
20150217 Announcement - February 17, 2015 The Alberta Energy Regulator will undergo a planned systems outage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, in order to update its computer infrastructure. This outage will affect the Digital Data Submission (DDS) system. February 17, 2015
20150202 Announcement - February 2, 2015 AER published a new blog post: Mindful Mediation – Resolving Disputes Across the Province February 02, 2015
20150129 Announcement - January 29, 2015 New FAQs are available on the Directive 56 web page January 29, 2015
20150117 Announcement - January 17, 2015 AER System Outage Update January 17, 2015
20150116 Announcement - January 16, 2015 Please be advised that AER is experiencing technical issues. Digital Data Submission (DDS), Integrated Application Registry (IAR), and e-mail systems are temporarily unavailable. For general inquiries, call 1-855-297-8311 (toll-free). To report an energy or environmental emergency, call the 24-hour response line at 1-800-222-6514. January 16, 2015
20150113 Announcement - January 13, 2015 AER quarterly newsletter launched January 13, 2015
20150108 Announcement - January 8, 2015 Georeferenced TIFF images of Appendix E: Crude Bitumen Pay Thickness and Geological Structure Contour Maps from AER ST98-2014 Alberta's Energy Reserves 2013 and Supply/Demand Outlook 2014-2023 are now available online January 08, 2015
20150105 Announcement - January 5, 2015 The Bonnyville Field Centre is closed today, Monday, January 5. January 05, 2015