Closing the EIA Gap

Neal Ellis Environment • Energy

This month marks another step towards a more unified energy regulation body for Alberta, with the AER taking over Environmental Impact Assessments from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. It reflects the growing trend of a better aligned and more continuos, full-life-cycle approach to environmental and liability management.

"This change is expected to enhance regulatory efficiency and certainty by ensuring that the entity responsible for reviewing applications and associated EIAs will also manage the EIA process at the front-end. The AER has a mandate to ensure the safe, efficient, orderly and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle..." - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.

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