Pipelines

The AER ensures that the design, construction, operation, and maintenance - including discontinuation and abandonment of regulated pipelines - complies with Alberta’s Pipeline Act, Pipeline Regulation, and applicable Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards.

The AER's pipeline-inspection program considers potential risks of individual pipelines and pipeline fluid characteristics, location, line size, failure history, and the operator’s compliance history. Pipelines with greater potential risks—such as those that transport sour gas, are near water bodies, or belong to a licensee with poor compliance history—receive greater scrutiny.

The AER also conducts comprehensive incident investigations after serious incidents occur to determine the cause of a pipeline failure and what can be done to prevent a similar situation in the future. Any enforcement action the AER takes is made public on our compliance dashboard, and may include enforcement orders, shutting down operations, administrative penalties, and prosecution.

Directives

  • Directive 006 Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program and Licence Transfer Process
  • Directive 017 Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations
  • Directive 019 Compliance Assurance [Rescinded by Manual 013]
  • Directive 026 Setback Requirements for Oil Effluent Pipelines
  • Directive 038 Noise Control
  • Directive 056 Energy Development Applications and Schedules
  • Directive 060 Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting
  • Directive 071 Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry
  • Directive 076 Operator Declaration Regarding Measurement and Reporting Requirements
  • Directive 077 Pipelines – Requirements and Reference Tools
  • ID 81-03 Minimum Distance Requirements Separation New Sour Gas Facilities from Residential and Other Developments
  • ID 96-01 Hay-Zama Lake Complex - Special Requirements

Bulletins

Informational Letters

  • IL 82-11 Preservation of Archaeological, Palaeontological, and Historical Resources: Policy Update [Rescinded by AER Bulletin 2014-16]
  • IL 90-21 Oil and Gas Development - Rumsey Block
  • IL 93-09 Oil and Gas Developments Eastern Slopes (Southern Portion)
  • IL 98-01 A Memorandum of Understanding Between Alberta Environmental Protection and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board Regarding Coordination of Release Notification Requirements and Subsequent Regulatory Response

Manuals

  • Manuals Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) manuals are a category that are used for informational purposes only. Manuals can be targeted to external stakeholders (which can contain how-to guides or guidelines on programs or processes, or they can contain supplemental information).

Statistical Reports

  • ST57 Field Surveillance and Operations Branch Provincial Summary
  • ST96 Pipeline Approval and Disposition Daily List

Related Reports & Information

  • Compliance Dashboard shows how the AER is involved in incident response, investigations, compliance, and enforcement.

  • Pipeline Performance Our goal is to reduce the number of high-consequence pipeline incidents by two per cent in 2017, compared to the previous two-year average.
  • Pipeline Safety The AER regulates more than 422 000 kilometres of oil and gas pipelines and provides inspection and incident response support for an additional 12 000 kilometres of pipelines regulated by the Alberta Utilities Commission. The majority of the pipelines that the AER is responsible for are smaller lines that connect individual wells to gathering facilities for treatment or processing, which then connect to larger-diameter lines.