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Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Trans Mountain Expansion Project Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity OC-065 Application for Variance and Condition Relief under the Certificate Mountain 3 Horizontal Directional Drill, CER Reasons for Decision (C28265-3; A8W1D0)

Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Trans Mountain Expansion Project Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity OC-065 Application for Variance and Condition Relief under the Certificate Mountain 3 Horizontal Directional Drill, CER Reasons for Decision (C28265-3; A8W1D0)

Link to Decision Summarized Gas - Facilities Application Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (“Trans Mountain”), pursuant to s 190 of the Canadian Energy Regulator Act , submitted an application to vary (“Application”) Schedule A of Certificate of Public Convenience and...

Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Trans Mountain Expansion Project Application Pursuant to Subsection 69(1) of the Canadian Energy Regulator Act Mountain 3 Horizontal Directional Drill Variance Application, CER Reasons for Decision

Link to Decision Summarized Oil and Gas - Facilities Application Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (“Trans Mountain”) filed an application requesting a variance of Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity OC-065 (the “Certificate”). The variance involved a change to...

New Edition of Manual 023, AER Bulletin 2023-44

Link to Decision Summarized Oil and Gas - Facilities The AER released a new edition of Manual 023 Licensee Life-Cycle Management that includes clarifications based on feedback received as part of the ongoing implementation of the Government of Alberta’s Liability...

Temporary Pause on New Pipeline Applications, AER Bulletin 2023-38

Link to Decision Summarized Oil and Gas - Pipelines The AER temporarily paused new pipeline application submissions through OneStop from November 6, 2023, to November 16, 2023, in response to the new Pipeline Rules release scheduled for November 15, 2023. The...

Mandatory Closure Spend Quotas for 2024, AER Bulletin 2023-35

Link to Decision Summarized Oil and Gas - Supplemental Closure Spending Licensees must spend a minimum amount annually on abandoning, remediating and reclaiming their inactive oil and gas sites. In Bulletin 2023-31: Industry-Wide Closure Spend Requirement for 2024,...

New Edition of Directive 020, AER Bulletin 2023-32

Link to Decision Summarized Oil and Gas - Well Abandonment On September 5, 2023, the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”) released a new edition of Directive 020: Well Abandonment (“Directive 020”), which sets out the requirements for routine abandonment of wells...

AlphaBow Energy Ltd. v Alberta Energy Regulator, 2023 ABCA 239

AlphaBow Energy Ltd. v Alberta Energy Regulator, 2023 ABCA 239

Link to Decision Summarized Reasonable Care and Measures Order - Appeal Application AlphaBow Energy Ltd. (“AlphaBow”) applied to the Alberta Court of Appeal (“ABCA”) for permission to appeal a suspension order issued by the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”) on June 5,...

Shell Canada Limited v Alberta (Energy), 2023 ABCA 230

Link to Decision Summarized Oil – Judicial Review/Appeal Appeal This was an appeal by the Alberta Minister of Energy (“Minister” or “Appellant”) from an Alberta Court of King’s Bench order on judicial review. The judicial review judge quashed the Minister’s screening...

File Changes for Brine Hosted Minerals, AER Bulletin 2023-28

Link to Bulletin Summarized Minerals – Resource Development The AER updated its Digital Data Submission system to enable the collection, in the pressure ASCII standard (PAS) file, of the data required to be submitted by licensees pursuant to requirement 79 of...

New Edition of Directive 001, AER Bulletin 2023-27

Link to Bulletin Summarized Oil and Gas - Geothermal Resources On July 4, 2023, the Alberta Energy Regulator released a new edition of Directive 001: Requirements for Site-Specific Liability Assessment, which includes the following changes: Removal of irrelevant or...

Xenotime Energy Inc. Application for Pooling Order, 2023 ABAER 003

Link to Decision Summarized Oil - Unit to Produce Oil Application Xenotime Energy Inc. (“Xenotime”) applied for a compulsory pooling order prescribing that all tracts within the drilling spacing unit in the northwest quarter of Section 15, Township 50, Range 4, West...

TransAlta Corporation v Alberta Energy Regulator, 2023 ABCA 172

Link to Decision Summarized Oil/Gas - Water – Permission to Appeal Application TransAlta Corporation (“TransAlta”) brought three applications for permission to appeal decisions of the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”). Decision The two applications for permission to...

Increased Risk of Wildfire During Drier Seasons, AER Bulletin 2023-25

Link to Bulletin Summarized Oil and Gas - Monitoring The AER reminded licensees that the risk of brush/grass fires increases significantly during wildfire season, which is from March 1 to October 31. The Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (“AAF”) has a tiered fire ban...

New Edition of Directive 051, AER Bulletin 2023-23

Link to Bulletin Summarized Wells - Requirements On April 28, 2023, the AER released a new edition of Directive 051: Injection and Disposal Wells - Well Classifications, Completions, Logging, and Testing Requirements. Updates to the new edition reflect the AER’s...

Reminder of Migratory Bird Season, AER Bulletin 2023-20

Link to Bulletin Summarized Oil and Gas - Monitoring The AER reminded license holders of the beginning of migratory bird season in Alberta. Licensees must: (i) adhere to their plans to protect migratory bird populations; (ii) ensure that all liquid impoundments that...

New Edition of Directive 067, AER Bulletin 2023-19

Link to Bulletin Summarized Oil and Gas - Financial Submissions A new edition of Directive 067: Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals has been published and is in force as of April 13, 2023. This new edition complements the...

Monitoring for Snowmelt and Overland Flooding, AER Bulletin 2023-18

Link to Bulletin Summarized Oil and Gas - Monitoring The AER cautioned against the hazards of seasonal snowmelt and resultant overland flooding. Specifically, licensees: (i) must physically inspect and assess any sites and equipment that have or may be affected by...

New Functionality Moving to OneStop, AER Bulletin 2023-17

Link to Bulletin Summarized Facilities - Land Dispositions As of April 20, 2023, new cancellation and objection functionality is available in OneStop’s public lands module. If the AER initiates the process to cancel a public lands disposition, OneStop will notify the...