REES Department Seminar – Dr. Laurel Wheeler, Thursday, November 25, 2021

Date(s) - 25/11/2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Laurel Wheeler, University of Alberta, Department of Economics

Title: Closing the Gap: The Impact of Oil and Gas Regulations on Producing First Nations

Abstract: This project examines how regulations affect productivity and environmental outcomes. In Canada, oil and gas production on First Nations land is federally regulated while production elsewhere is provincially regulated. The rules governing production on First Nations land remained effectively the same from their enactment in 1974 until 2019, while provincial rules have been continually updated to reflect industry and technological developments. Using longitudinal data on oil and gas well production and environmental incidents, we will compare the implications of two regulatory regimes within Alberta. We will exploit spatial and temporal variation in regulations to estimate impacts on productivity and the environment, focusing on the outcomes of interest revealed through discussions with field experts. Our results will shed light on some of the ways in which First Nations have been impacted by federal control over energy projects.

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Meeting ID: 938 4140 3116 Passcode: 181278