The ERCB’s mission was to ensure conservation and management of natural resources pdf the discovery, development, and delivery of Alberta’s energy resources took place in a manner that was fair, responsible and in the public interest. The information and knowledge responsibility of the Board included the collection, storage, analysis, appraisal, dissemination and stakeholder awareness of information.
Board and stakeholders to make informed decisions about energy and utility matters. This responsibility would result in the Board discharging its advisory role with respect to matters under the jurisdiction of the Board. In other words, most resources are owned by the people of Alberta through their government. While private companies can develop these resources, the ERCB was authorized by the government to protect the public’s interest relating to the discovery, development, and delivery of these resources. The ERCB also ensured that everyone affected by development had a chance to be heard.
ERCB worked to settle the issues in a fair and balanced manner. Alberta’s first energy regulatory body was created in 1938. ERCB and the Alberta Utilities Commission. The ERCB also includes the Alberta Geological Survey. Alberta Energy Regulator is “100 per cent funded by industry and is authorized to collect funds through an administrative fee levied on oil and gas wells, oil sands mines, and coal mines.
The industry-funded model is commonly used by regulatory agencies from various sectors across North America. 165 million, more than “1000 staff working in 13 locations across Alberta. AER also “considers some 36 800 applications for energy development every year. Under this act, the newly formed Alberta Energy Regulator, will “bring together the regulatory functions from the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development into a one-stop shop.
The Alberta Energy Regulator is now “responsible for all projects from application to reclamation. They will respond to project proponents, landowners and industry regarding energy regulations in Alberta. The Alberta Energy Regulator was phased in in June 2013. The Alberta Energy Regulator will enforce environmental laws and issue environmental and water permits, responsibilities formerly the mandate of Alberta Environment. Jim Ellis, a former deputy minister in environment and energy, was appointed as CEO by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. In the past the Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Environment conducted investigations differently.
Alberta Surface Rights Group, the United Landowners of Alberta, First Nations, farmers and ranchers have expressed concerns about the streamlining of regulatory processes that may benefit oil and gas industries at their expense. According to their brochure the Alberta Energy Regulator “ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans. The ERCB regulated the safe, responsible, and efficient development of oil, natural gas, oil sands, and coal, and as well as the pipelines to move the resources to market.
Regulation was done through two core functions: adjudication and regulation, and information and knowledge. ERCB approval must have been given at almost every step of an energy project’s life. Alberta through the Minister of Energy, but it made its formal decisions independently in accordance with the six statutes it administers. The ERCB was led by a Board of eight people: a Chairman and Board Members. This branch, made up of three groups, provided a streamlined approach to processing some 40 000 energy development applications each year. The Facilities Group handled project reviews, audits, and approvals related to new or modified oil and gas facilities, such as wells, pipelines, batteries, and gas plants. The Resource Group dealt with applications and issues related to development and conservation projects for oil, gas, and coal.