Week ending February 9th, 2024

     New drought advisory committee for Alberta Alberta’s new Water Advisory Committee will help prepare for drought and work to make every drop count in 2024. After several dry years, Alberta’s winter snowpack is well below average, many rivers are at record low levels and multiple reservoirs remain well below capacity. El Niño is […]

Week ending February 2nd, 2024

    Alberta: Water-sharing negotiations start on Feb. 1 Alberta’s Drought Command Team has been authorized to start negotiations with water licence holders to strike water-sharing agreements to mitigate the risk of drought. Alberta relies on melting snow and rain for all of its water. This winter, snowpack is below average, rivers are at record […]

Week ending January 26th, 2024

    Critics call for review after study suggests Alberta Energy Regulator underestimated oil well liability   (Source: CBC News) Critics are calling for a public inquiry into the actions of the Alberta Energy Regulator, after documents surfaced suggesting the agency downplayed the industry’s environmental liabilities and withheld information on those costs. “The [regulator] has failed […]

Week ending January 19th, 2024

    “LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES” The following article is part of a creative sentencing order from the Alberta Court of Justice. I have prepared this article as part of a creative sentencing order from the Alberta Court of Justice, in order to inform others about the consequences of mistakes I made as an environmental […]

Week ending January 12th, 2024

    Alberta: Interim Pilots (Site Reductions/Reclaiming Peatlands) and Preparing Variance Justifications for Weeds and Problematic Species on Forested Land   Interim Directive: Pilot for Site Reductions on Well Sites Alberta Environment and Protected Areas has released the Interim Directive: Pilot for Site Reductions on Well Sites. This pilot enables the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) […]

Week ending December 15th, 2023

  Improving responsible reclamation work in Alberta Alberta will launch new pilot projects testing ways to speed up oil and gas well site reclamation while protecting the environment. Reclamation is an important part of oil and gas projects, and it’s essential that well sites are safely, quickly and effectively reclaimed for future generations. Alberta’s government […]

Week ending November 24th, 2023

  ????Its beginning to look a lot like Grinchmas! ???? Thank you to everyone who came out to ESAA’s First Ever Grinch Mixer. It was an absolute BLAST! Thank you Bureau Veritas Group and SECURE ENERGY for your sponsorship. Thank you Mary at Funky Petals Edmonton and Sea Change Brewery for helping make this event […]

Week ending November 17th, 2023

  AER: Release of the New Pipeline Rules and Associated Instruments Today, we released a new edition of the Pipeline Rules that came into effect on November 15, 2023. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) administers the Pipeline Act, which is the enabling legislation that allows for the licensing of oil and gas pipelines in Alberta. […]

Week ending November 3rd, 2023

  AER publishes 2022 State of Fluid Tailings Management for Mineable Oil Sands Report Today, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) published the 2022 State of Fluid Tailings Management for Mineable Oil Sands report.   This report summarizes Alberta’s eight oil sands mine operator’s tailings management reports (TMR) including fluid tailings volumes, water volumes stored in […]

Week ending October 27th, 2023

  AER: Reclamation Liability Reduction Program Being Developed The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is developing a program aimed at reflecting industry’s site closure activities by allowing licensees to request a temporary reduction of the liability values used in the AER’s liability management programs once reclamation work has been completed but before a reclamation certificate is […]