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Alberta Well Cleanup

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On June 8, 2021, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released draft Directive XXX: Licensee Life-Cycle Management (the Draft Directive), Bulletin 2021-22: Invitation for Feedback on Proposed New Licensee Life-Cycle Management Directive (the Directive Bulletin) and Bulletin 2021-23: Mandatory Closure Spend Targets (the Closure Spend Bulletin). These publications mark the latest steps toward full implementation… [Read More…] about Alberta Well Cleanup

Alberta Utilities Commission Amends Rules of Practice to Promote Efficiency

Courtesy of Osler. View original article.  On May 3, 2021, the Alberta Utilities Commission (the AUC or Commission) approved [PDF] amendments to AUC Rule 001: Rules of Practice [PDF] (Rules of Practice), which will apply to proceedings registered on or after May 17, 2021. The amendments to the Rules of Practice are intended to give effect to a number of the recommendations… [Read More…] about Alberta Utilities Commission Amends Rules of Practice to Promote Efficiency

Alberta Energy Regulator’s New Directive 067

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. In July 2020, the Alberta government issued its new Liability Management Framework (the Framework), aimed at reducing the province’s inventory of orphan and inactive well sites. In December 2020, the Alberta Energy Regulator (the AER) announced steps to implement the Framework through changes to the Oil and Gas Conservation… [Read More…] about Alberta Energy Regulator’s New Directive 067

Alberta Utilities Commission Provides Needed Clarity on Electric Facility Applications

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On March 5, 2021, the Alberta Utilities Commission (the AUC or the Commission) announced significant changes to Rule 007: Applications for Power Plants, Substations, Transmission Lines, Industrial System Designations and Hydro Developments (Rule 007). The Commission has now issued the revised Rule 007, effective September 1, 2021, following an extensive Commission-led consultation… [Read More…] about Alberta Utilities Commission Provides Needed Clarity on Electric Facility Applications

Geothermal Energy Development

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. Geothermal energy is an important component of Canada’s transition to a low-carbon energy future. It offers numerous advantages as a renewable energy source, including an ability to provide constant, predictable baseload power year-round, with little fluctuation of power output. Additionally, geothermal power facilities typically possess a small land… [Read More…] about Geothermal Energy Development

Environmental Obligations and the Role of the Trustee in Bankruptcy

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On January 25, 2021, the Alberta Court of Appeal (the ABCA) released its reasons in PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. v Perpetual Energy Inc., 2021 ABCA 16 (Perpetual Energy). While the issue before the ABCA was of a preliminary nature — namely whether the claims of the trustee in bankruptcy (the Trustee) should… [Read More…] about Environmental Obligations and the Role of the Trustee in Bankruptcy

Canada Launches Clean Electricity Procurement Process with Emphasis on Alberta Solar

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On January 7, 2021, the federal government, through Public Services and Procurement Canada (Procurement Canada), announced the launch of two Alberta-specific and two Canada-wide procurement processes designed to further the Government’s Clean Electricity Initiative plan to use 100% clean electricity by 2022.[1] The announcement includes the launch of: two… [Read More…] about Canada Launches Clean Electricity Procurement Process with Emphasis on Alberta Solar

Implementation of Alberta’s New Liability Framework for Oil and Gas Reclamation

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. In July 2020, the Alberta government issued its new Liability Management Framework (the Framework), aimed at reducing the province’s inventory of orphan and inactive well sites. That inventory includes close to 97,000 inactive wells and the Orphan Well Association’s list of over 7,000 orphan sites in various stages of decommissioning,… [Read More…] about Implementation of Alberta’s New Liability Framework for Oil and Gas Reclamation

Federal Government Announces Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. Introduction On December 16, 2020, Canada’s federal government released its much-anticipated Hydrogen Strategy for Canada (the Strategy). The Strategy sets an ambitious framework to cement hydrogen as a key part of Canada’s path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and make Canada a global leader in hydrogen technologies. The Strategy… [Read More…] about Federal Government Announces Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy

All That Glitters: 2020 Mining Review

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. Despite all of the uncertainties of the global pandemic (or perhaps because of them), 2020 saw a resurgence in the mining industry. While travel restrictions and due diligence limitations made it difficult to complete large cap multi-asset transactions, a steady strengthening of commodity prices (especially gold) acted as… [Read More…] about All That Glitters: 2020 Mining Review