Leanne Chartrand, Regional Engagement Specialist with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), presented a slideshow on AER101 to Council. The presentation included the AER’s mandate, an overview of the AER’s governance and decision-making process, methods of stakeholder engagement, rule enforcement, and programs that correspond with their operations. Also discussed were the resources available on www.aer.ca. Those interested can access current news, informative articles, and interestingly a compliance dashboard where people can find a list of current incidents, investigations, and noncompliance orders.

The Director of Operations briefly spoke on the success of this year’s Bulky Item Pickup, which occurred the week of April 19th. Lots of people started their spring cleaning and provided lots of bulky items for the crews to pick up.

Also reported was an update on the Kaybob Drive Resurfacing Project. A meeting with MPE and E Construction is planned and weather permitting, construction should pick back up after May long weekend. More information will be provided to the public as it becomes available.

Council has directed Administration to write a letter to the Government of Alberta and to the AER in supports of concerns voiced by the Town of High River regarding Coal Development on the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies. The Town of High River is requesting that the AER and provincial government cease all exploration on Category 2 lands on the eastern slopes of the Rockies to ensure the protection of the valuable landscape and watersheds.