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Regulatory Bulletin, November 2023

Water Act Applications and Reporting Moving to OneStop

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is set to implement enhancements to the OneStop application tool for Water Act applications, focusing on water licensing and reporting. These updates are slated to be in effect from February 22, 2024. Operators are strongly encouraged by the AER to submit WURS monthly and annual reports before January 31, 2024, to mitigate potential reporting issues during the system’s transition.

Furthermore, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas (APEA) has published its Water Shortage Management Stages in preparation for upcoming drought conditions and extremely low predicted water levels into the spring of 2024. Temporary diversion license suspensions are expected in certain basins.

In addition to these developments, this update includes details on the recent announcement of the Alberta Carbon Capture Incentive Program and the funding support available for carbon capture, utilization, and storage infrastructure.

Download the full document for further information on climate action initiatives and policy updates from across Canada.

About: This bulletin highlights the regulatory changes and updates within the energy and natural resource sectors in North America that the Integrated Sustainability team has been tracking through November 2023.

Federal

  • Fall Economic Statement
  • Sustainable Development Strategy

Alberta

  • Drought Preparations for Alberta
  • Alberta’s New Carbon Capture Incentive
  • Alberta Sovereignty Within a United Canada Act
  • Water Conveyance Options for Industry & Changes to the Pipeline Rules and Functionality on OneStop
  • Changes to Borrow Pit Applications
  • Temporary Surface Water Pipeline Notifications
  • Government of Alberta to Pause Consultation Activities over the Holidays

British Columbia

  • Proposed Amendment to Protect Forests in BC
  • Water Hubs Considered under Dam Safety Regulation
  • Water Suspensions Lifted in the North Thompson River Basin, Fraser River, and Peace River Watersheds
  • Draft Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health Framework

Saskatchewan

  • Critical Minerals on the Rise in Saskatchewan
  • Carbon Tax Fairness for Families Act

Feature Report

  • Water Act Licencing Moving to OneStop – Plan your water licence applications and reporting in advance

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