Regulatory Enhancement Project
In December, the Responsible Energy Development Act was passed, which creates a single regulator for upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal projects in the province.
On April 29, the Lieutenant Governor in Council appointed
Jim Ellis as CEO of the new Alberta Energy Regulator, following an open, national competition. This follows the April 1st appointment of Gerry Protti as Board Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator.
This spring, the Government of Alberta hosted 19 public sessions and a number of First Nation and Metis sessions, seeking feedback from Albertans as we work to build the regulations that will support the Alberta Energy Regulator. Consultations looked at how Albertans want to be notified about energy projects in their community, how much time they need to respond to applications and what elements the Landowner Registry must contain.
In addition to the in-person sessions, an online survey is available answering the same questions until June 30, 2013. All feedback received will be considered as we build the regulations, expected later this year.
If you have questions about the consultations please contact us.
What We Heard
During the public sessions we committed to providing a What We Heard report, as well as a copy of the presentation given at the session.
How we got here
The Act was passed in December, the new Alberta Energy Regulator will be responsible for all projects from application to reclamation. It will bring together the regulatory functions from the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development into a one-stop shop. Project proponents, landowners, industry and Albertans will know where to go when they have a question about energy regulations in this province.
The new regulator is expected to begin a phased in approach to operations in June 2013.
Where we’re going
Under the Responsible Energy Development Act, the new regulator will operate at arm’s length from the Government of Alberta, under the direction of an appointed board of directors and chief executive officer.
In addition to the single regulator, the Government of Alberta is making improvements to how it sets energy-related policy. Policy direction for the province will continue to be set by the government, through a newly-created Policy Management Office.
The office will be responsible for providing clear policy guidance to the new regulator. The Policy Management Office is also tasked with creating an effective process to engage Albertans in the policy-making process earlier, rather than after decisions are made. The office is also tasked with developing performance measures.
The single regulator is one part of the province’s commitment to improve integration of its resource system. This integration sets and achieves the environmental, economic and social outcomes Albertans expect from resource development, while maintaining the social licence to develop resources.
In addition to creating the single regulator, the province is completing and implementing regional plans. In August, the province released its first land-use plan for the Lower Athabasca Region. On Oct. 17, 2012, the province announced another component of its integrated resource system – an environmental monitoring system.
How the act balances growth in the province, with our strong environmental commitment.
How the act has important safeguards for landowners.
How the act will have a fair review process.
Energy Minister Ken Hughes talks about Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act.