Ewart: NDP quietly endorses Alberta Energy Regulator and its ‘single-window’ mandate – Calgary Herald

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Ewart: NDP quietly endorses Alberta Energy Regulator and its ‘single-window’ mandate – Calgary Herald

by pmnationtalk on December 3, 2015321 Views

December 3, 2015

After months of speculation about the future of the Alberta Energy Regulator, Premier Rachel Notley has quietly reaffirmed its mandate and will not break up the arms-length government agency that oversees the province’s oil and gas industry.

Notley had expressed concerns about the “conflicting mandate” of the regulator shortly after her NDP government was elected in May and promised a “rigorous review” of its role. But on Nov. 20 — two days before the premier announced her provincial climate change plan — a letter arrived at the AER’s Calgary offices that confirmed the status quo.

The three-paragraph letter addressed to AER chairman Gerry Protti from Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd stated the province would review how the board of directors oversees the regulator — as it is doing with all provincial agencies, boards and commissions — but the structure of the two-year old organization would remain in place.

“To get a letter like that, it doesn’t need to say a whole bunch of flowery stuff, all it needs to say is ‘We’ve decided there’s no requirement to do a mandate review’ and that says everything,” AER president and CEO Jim Ellis said in an interview Wednesday.

Read More: http://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/ewart-ndp-quietly-endorses-alberta-energy-regulator-and-its-single-window-mandate

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