We regulate all aspects of energy resource development in Alberta: we make decisions on project applications; enforce the rules and hold companies accountable at every stage of development; and provide opportunities for the public to participate in our decision making.
Our Notices page lists notices of the filing of applications, application amendments, and notices of AER hearings.
Hearings for energy applications cover everything from gas and oil wells and pipelines, to sour gas processing plants and major oil sands and coal projects. Our decision to hold a hearing is made on a case-by-case basis.
We publicly share our decisions on applications according to the Responsible Energy Development Act and the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice.
At the end of the day, Albertans own the province’s energy resources, so developing them is a privilege—not a right.
Every company must follow the rules to make certain that energy development happens safely. If they don’t, they’ll face serious consequences. But how do we decide what those consequences will be, and what our options are to bring a company into compliance?
What’s in a well’s life?
By regulating a well across its entire life cycle, rather than only a part of it, we can use the right regulatory tool at the right time to ensure that Alberta’s resources are developed in a safe, orderly, and environmentally responsible way.
Imagine a 1900-hectare coal mine transforming into a picturesque wetland filled with lush trees, native grasses, and plenty of wildlife. This transformation over many years is known as “reclamation,” and it’s not only possible, it’s required in Alberta.
Companies profiting from the province’s energy resources must safely and responsibly suspend and abandon (“decommission”) their energy infrastructure, such as wells, pipelines, and facilities.
Energy companies operating in Alberta must make sure they are prepared to meet their obligations at the end of a project’s life. Our programs help to protect Albertans from bearing the costs of project closure.
Rules and Directives
We are responsible for administering provincial legislation designed to ensure that Alberta’s energy resources are developed responsibly.
Our directives set our requirements or processes that companies must follow to comply with provincial legislation. If companies don't comply, we will take enforcement action.