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Bill 2, The Responsible Energy Development Act, Consultations

Regulatory Enhancement Project

In December, the Responsible Energy Development Actexternal link icon was passed, which creates a single regulator for oil, gas, oil sands and coal projects in the province. Consultations about the regulations under this new Act are now underway.

How would you want to be notified about an energy project near your community? What factors should the Alberta Energy Regulator consider when it makes decisions? What kinds of applications should go to a hearing?

You’re invited to share your thoughts that will help build the rules and regulations for the new Alberta Energy Regulator. There are 18 sessions scheduled across the province:

February Dates

 

 Day Location   Time   Address
 20 Fort
Saskatchewan
 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Lakeview Inn and Suites
11015 - 88 Ave
 25 Calgary   9 a.m. - noon Glenmore Inn and
Convention Centre
2720 Glenmore Trail SE
 25 Drumheller   3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Badlands Community
Facility, 80 Veterans Way 
 26 Red Deer   9 a.m. - noon Westerner Park
4847A – 19 Street
 26  Sundre   3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sundre Legion 135
6 street
 27 Lethbridge   9 a.m. - noon Lethbridge Lodge Hotel
and Conference Centre
320 Scenic Drive South
 27 Medicine Hat   3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Medicine Hat Exhibition
and Stampede
2055 - 21 Avenue, SE
 28 Fort McMurray   10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sawridge Inn and
Conference Centre, 530
MacKenzie Boulevard 

 

March Dates

 

Day    Location  Time  Address
  1  Drayton Valley   9 a.m. - noon  Drayton Valley Legion, 5204 - 51 Avenue
  4  Lloydminster   9 a.m. - noon  Servus Sports Centre, 5202 - 12 Street
  5  Camrose   9 a.m. - noon  Camrose Regional Exhibition, 4250 Exhibition Drive
  6  Leduc /  Nisku   9 a.m. - noon  Executive Royal Inn, 8450 Sparrow Drive, Leduc
  7  Grande Prairie  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre,
 11633 - 100 Street
  8  Peace River   9 a.m. - noon  Sawridge Inn Peace River,   9510 - 100 Street
  8  Manning   3 p.m. - 6 p.m.  Elks Youth Hall 304 – 4th Avenue SE
 11  Edson  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Best Western High Road Inn, 300 - 52 Street
 12  Whitecourt   1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  The Senior’s Circle 5212 – 50th Street
 13  Claresholm   1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Community Centre 59th Avenue & 8th Street W

If you have questions about the consultations please contact us.

 

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 Boardexternal link icon and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Developmentexternal link icon 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.

The legislation also gives the regulator the authority to administer the Public Lands Actexternal link icon, the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Actexternal link icon and the Water Actexternal link icon, with regards to energy development.

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 Regionexternal link icon. On Oct. 17, 2012, the province announced another component of its integrated resource system – an environmental monitoring systemexternal link icon.

    Minister Hughes talks about the Responsible Energy Development Act

Video icon    How the act balances growth in the province, with our strong environmental commitment.

video icon    How the act has important safeguards for landowners.

video icon    How the act will have a fair review process.

video icon    Energy Minister Ken Hughes talks about Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act.

 

 

General Questions and Answers.

 

Environmental Questions and Answers

 

Landowner rights Questions and Answers


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