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Title Description
Licensee Capability Assessment:
What We Heard
The AER hosted three virtual information sessions with industry in January and February of 2021 to provide an overview of the upcoming licensee capability assessment. This report summarizes the input we received, what we have done in response, and next steps.
Area-Based Closure Program
2021 Highlights
In 2021, $550 million was spent in closure on over 28 800 licences by Area Based Closure program participants. $328 million of that was licensee-funded, and the remaining was funded by grants received from the Government of Alberta’s Site Rehabilitation Program.

Learn more about previous reports in the closure summary reporting section of the Inventory Reduction Program page. 
Alberta Ministry of Energy Annual Reports Alberta Energy annual reports contain the Minister’s accountability statement, the Ministry’s audited consolidated financial statements, and a comparison of actual performance results to desired results set out in the Ministry business plan.
CNRL Final Report [ZIP] – March 2015 Primrose Flow to Surface Final Report
Pipeline Performance in Alberta, 1990–2012 (Report 2013-B) [PDF] This report analyzes 22 years of pipeline data to provide a summary of Alberta’s pipeline system, including incidents and performance.
CNRL Investigation Report [ZIP] – February 2011 Canadian Natural Resources Limited Primrose East Expansion In Situ Oil Sands Project Pad 74 Final Investigation Report
Unconventional Gas Regulatory Framework – Jurisdictional Review (Report 2011-A) [ZIP] We initiated an Unconventional Gas Regulatory Framework Project to develop and implement a new framework for developing Alberta’s coalbed methane, shale gas, and tight gas resources. The project assessed regulatory risk associated with developing unconventional gas and assessed scientific and technological challenges and opportunities.

The first phase of the project included a jurisdictional review to learn how other North American jurisdictions were regulating unconventional gas development. This report summarizes the findings of the Jurisdictional Review Task Team and identifies opportunities for Alberta’s unconventional gas regulatory framework.
Risk to Water Wells of Pathogens in Drilling Fluids (Report 2009-C) [PDF] In response to public concern about the potential risk to water wells from pathogens in drilling fluids, we hired a third-party expert to prepare this report. We examined whether pathogens in surface waters that are used in drilling fluids can survive in, or be transported through, a groundwater system, and whether this presents a risk to the public.
Status Report on Enhanced Groundwater Protection Efforts Under Directive 044 (Report 2009-B) [PDF] In October 2006, we issued Directive 044: Requirements for Surveillance, Sampling, and Analysis of Water Production in Hydrocarbon Wells Completed Above the Base of Groundwater Protection to strengthen the protection of groundwater by industry. This report summarizes the results of increased surveillance of energy development activity as set out in the directive.
Pipeline Performance in Alberta, 1990–2005 (Report 2007-A) [PDF] This report analyzes 15 years of pipeline data to provide a summary of Alberta’s pipeline system, including incidents and performance.
Athabasca Wabiskaw-McMurray Regional Geological Study (Report 2003-A) [PDF] In July 2003, we issued a general bulletin announcing bitumen conservation requirements for gas production from part of the Athabasca Wabiskaw-McMurray deposit in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area.

The bulletin stated that associated gas production presents an unacceptable risk to bitumen recovery using steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and that the best available method to identify nonassociated gas production is through a regional geological study.

This study provides that overview of the geological framework of the Athabasca Wabiskaw-McMurray deposit and identifies where gas pools are associated with bitumen.