Aug. 16: AER Questions Sour Gas Plant’s Emergency Response Abilities

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The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued an order to a sour gas plant, questioning its ability to respond to emergencies due to an inactive leak-detection system and a shortage of staff. Although Lexin Resources Ltd.’s plant does have an emergency response plan, a system intended to monitor releases of sour gas at the plant wasn’t operational. The order requires the company to submit new incidence and monitoring plans to the AER and implement them subject to the AER’s approval. It must also submit a weekly written report to AER detailing any actions taken regarding incident response and monitoring, and the results, as well as post a weekly public report on its website.