An In-Depth Guide to Successfully Navigating the Approvals Process Under the New Alberta Energy Regulator

Dec 3, 2013 6:30pm – 

Heather Richardson
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Ian Gordon
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

The introduction of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), which succeeded duties previously assumed by the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the regulatory functions of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, has introduced the ‘one-stop shop’ concept of regulatory oversight for energy projects in Alberta. The mandate of the AER is “to provide for the efficient, safe, orderly and environmentally responsible development of energy resources in Alberta.” This workshop will examine the duties and functions of the AER, how to navigate the approval process and how the new structure will affect the development of oil sands projects in Alberta.

  • How does the new regulatory system differ from the previous system of oversight?
  • Examine how oil sands are assessed:
    • The stakeholder consultation process
    • Review of applications including ‘supplemental information requests’
    • What is the public interest?
    • How is a joint federal-provincial review triggered?
    • Explore the formal hearing process
  • Understand the AER inspection process
  • How is aboriginal consultation affected?
  • AER discipline: regulatory breach powers and penalties