This release was issued under a previous government.

The Alberta government has passed regulations that give the single energy regulator more authority.

“Albertans told us that the Alberta Energy Regulator must have the ability to enforce the rules of environmentally responsible energy development. Passing these regulations makes this a reality.”

- Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

The new regulations ensure:

  • Public notice of applications made to the Alberta Energy Regulator is given to Albertans.
  • Landowners can register new surface agreements with the regulator.
  • The regulator has the authority to administer the Public Lands Act  for energy projects.

This move reinforces what Albertans have been told from the outset – that all existing environmental requirements and standards will continue under the Alberta Energy Regulator.

The regulator is a key pillar in Alberta’s integrated resource management approach to natural resource development. Ultimately, it will be responsible for energy resource developments from initial application to reclamation.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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