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The Responsible Energy Development Act:A New World for Energy & EnvironmentRegulation in Alberta?Presented at “Protecting ...
• Core services:About the ELC                   – Law reform                                – Information & education• Mis...
The idea that grew…Spring 2010: Royalty &competitivenessreviews                         Dec 2010: Report of               ...
Government’s intent                                                            Cover “the next 50 years of Easier navigati...
The new system – so far                                          Alberta Energy Regulator                                 ...
Alberta Energy Regulator structure  Transition  committee  • Chair                      AER Board of                      ...
Concerns & gaps• Loss of procedural       • Lack of embedded  protections                environmental mandate• Limited tr...
What the future holds…• AER operative for June 2013• Regulations currently under development; 3  anticipated  – “Boundarie...
Keep in touch with the ELCPh: 1-800-661-4238E-mail: elc@elc.ab.cawww.elc.ab.caBlog:http://environmentallawcentre.wordpress...
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The Responsible Energy Development Act: A New World for Energy & Environment Regulation in Alberta? Presented at “Protecting Alberta’s Water Commons: Challenges and Opportunities" 21 March 2013 by Cindy Chiasson

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  1. 1. The Responsible Energy Development Act:A New World for Energy & EnvironmentRegulation in Alberta?Presented at “Protecting Alberta’s WaterCommons: Challenges and Opportunities(21 March 2013)Cindy Chiasson
  2. 2. • Core services:About the ELC – Law reform – Information & education• Mission: To ensure that – Public participation Alberta’s laws, policies support & legal processes • Priorities: sustain a healthy – Water challenges environment for future – Land stewardship generations. – Environmental assessment – Genuine interest standing
  3. 3. The idea that grew…Spring 2010: Royalty &competitivenessreviews Dec 2010: Report of Regulatory Enhancement Task Force Nov 2012: Bill 2 - Responsible Energy Development Act
  4. 4. Government’s intent Cover “the next 50 years of Easier navigation of responsible energy energy regulation development” Arm’s – length agencyFrom initial applicationto reclamation Integrated resource management
  5. 5. The new system – so far Alberta Energy Regulator • regulate oil, gas, oil sands, coal & pipelines; extraction & potentially processing • deal with environmental regulatory aspects ofAESRD energy resourceShift of environmental responsibilities developmentsrelated to energy development under:• EPEA • “public interest” no longer• WA explicitly in mandate• PLA
  6. 6. Alberta Energy Regulator structure Transition committee • Chair AER Board of Directors ? Minister(s) • Energy? • AESRD? • Exec. offr. Alberta Energy Regulator NOT a Crown agent • CEO • staff Policy Hearing Management commissioners Office (PMO)
  7. 7. Concerns & gaps• Loss of procedural • Lack of embedded protections environmental mandate• Limited transparency, • No fixes for previous accountability & environmental regulator independence regulatory problems
  8. 8. What the future holds…• AER operative for June 2013• Regulations currently under development; 3 anticipated – “Boundaries” as between AER & AESRD – AER Rules of Practice – Process regulation re: applications & participation
  9. 9. Keep in touch with the ELCPh: 1-800-661-4238E-mail: elc@elc.ab.cawww.elc.ab.caBlog:http://environmentallawcentre.wordpress.com
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