Under AER requirements, any company applying to develop an oil or gas project must provide information to all parties whose rights might be directly affected in order to help them fully understand what is being proposed and what the potential impacts could be. The company must give you details about how and why it chose proposed locations for any well, pipeline, facility, or access road. The company must also tell you what to expect in terms of equipment use and operations during the production phase.
In many communities, neighbours meet with AER representatives and oil and gas companies in the area to resolve local issues together. These are known as synergy groups. The public is strongly encouraged to participate in these local groups. Remember, you have the right to ask questions at any point in the development process about drilling, pipeline construction, and production operations that affect you and your neighbours.
For more information, see the EnerFAQs publication Proposed Oil and Gas Development: A Landowner’s Guide at www.aer.ca. Other EnerFAQs documents can provide you with more information on our processes, how we regulate industry, topics on public health and safety, and important oil and gas issues. Visit www.aer.ca to learn more.
Oil and natural gas development in Alberta is subject to all AER requirements, regardless of whether it is conventional or unconventional. Many of these requirements are written in directives, which are formal written direction to industry operators regarding how to ensure compliance with AER regulations. Those related to unconventional natural gas and oil development include the following:
AER CUSTOMER CONTACT CENTRE (TOLL FREE) 1-855-297-8311
The CCC ensures that AER customers receive clear, informative responses to general inquiries about the Alberta Energy Regulator.
The CCC can be reached at 1-855-297-8311 from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Bonnyville 780-826-5352||Drayton Valley 780-542-5182|
|Grande Prairie 780-538-5138||High Level 780-926-5399|
|Medicine Hat 403-527-3385||Midnapore (Calgary S.) 403-297-8303|
|Red Deer 403-340-5454||St. Albert 780-460-3800|
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD)
Alberta Geological Survey (AGS)
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
Canadian Natural Gas
Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR)
Centre for Energy
Frac Focus – Chemical Disclosure Registry
Government of Alberta Department of Energy
National Energy Board (NEB)