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Title Description
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Annual Summaries
ADR encourages energy companies, Albertans, and indigenous peoples to work together to find solutions regarding proposed or existing energy development projects. These reports provide a snapshot of what our ADR program accomplishes each year, such as the total number of hearings cancelled due to ADR, ADR files completed, and the resolution rate for disputes. Finding local solutions to local issues saves all parties involved time and money by reducing the need for public hearings and building long-term relationships in affected communities.
Alberta Ministry of Energy Annual Reports Alberta Energy annual reports contain the Minister’s accountability statement, the Ministry’s audited consolidated financial statements, and a comparison of actual performance results to desired results set out in the Ministry business plan.
CNRL Final Report [ZIP] – March 2015 Primrose Flow to Surface Final Report
Pipeline Performance in Alberta, 1990–2012 (Report 2013-B) [PDF] This report analyzes 22 years of pipeline data to provide a summary of Alberta’s pipeline system, including incidents and performance.
CNRL Investigation Report [ZIP] – February 2011 Canadian Natural Resources Limited Primrose East Expansion In Situ Oil Sands Project Pad 74 Final Investigation Report
Unconventional Gas Regulatory Framework – Jurisdictional Review (Report 2011-A) [ZIP] We initiated an Unconventional Gas Regulatory Framework Project to develop and implement a new framework for developing Alberta’s coalbed methane, shale gas, and tight gas resources. The project assessed regulatory risk associated with developing unconventional gas and assessed scientific and technological challenges and opportunities.

The first phase of the project included a jurisdictional review to learn how other North American jurisdictions were regulating unconventional gas development. This report summarizes the findings of the Jurisdictional Review Task Team and identifies opportunities for Alberta’s unconventional gas regulatory framework.
Risk to Water Wells of Pathogens in Drilling Fluids (Report 2009-C) [PDF] In response to public concern about the potential risk to water wells from pathogens in drilling fluids, we hired a third-party expert to prepare this report. We examined whether pathogens in surface waters that are used in drilling fluids can survive in, or be transported through, a groundwater system, and whether this presents a risk to the public.
Status Report on Enhanced Groundwater Protection Efforts Under Directive 044 (Report 2009-B) [PDF] In October 2006, we issued Directive 044: Requirements for Surveillance, Sampling, and Analysis of Water Production in Hydrocarbon Wells Completed Above the Base of Groundwater Protection to strengthen the protection of groundwater by industry. This report summarizes the results of increased surveillance of energy development activity as set out in the directive.
Updates to Storage Requirements for the Upstream PetroleumIndustry (Report 2009-A) [PDF] Directive 055: Storage Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry sets out requirements for the storage of materials produced, generated (including wastes), and used in the upstream petroleum industry. In response to repeated noncompliances and inquiries from industry and consultants, we produced this discussion document to communicate updates and clarifications to the directive.
Pipeline Performance in Alberta, 1990–2005 (Report 2007-A) [PDF] This report analyzes 15 years of pipeline data to provide a summary of Alberta’s pipeline system, including incidents and performance.
Athabasca Wabiskaw-McMurray Regional Geological Study (Report 2003-A) [PDF] In July 2003, we issued a general bulletin announcing bitumen conservation requirements for gas production from part of the Athabasca Wabiskaw-McMurray deposit in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area.

The bulletin stated that associated gas production presents an unacceptable risk to bitumen recovery using steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and that the best available method to identify nonassociated gas production is through a regional geological study.

This study provides that overview of the geological framework of the Athabasca Wabiskaw-McMurray deposit and identifies where gas pools are associated with bitumen.