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AER Brine-hosted Minerals Engagement

October 10, 2022

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Phillip Meintzer, AWA Conservation Specialist

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The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is expanding its mandate to include the regulation of minerals under the Mineral Resource Development Act (MRDA). The MRDA intends to establish the AER as the lifecycle regulator for Alberta’s mineral resources including critical minerals and rare earth elements, in addition to oil, oil sands, natural gas, and coal, which are already under its jurisdiction. Mineral resource development has already been taking place across Alberta; however the regulations have been spread over multiple agencies, and the MRDA seeks to bring these all under a single regulator at the AER.

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