Oil and Gas

As the agency responsible for public land management, the Special Areas Board issues and administers surface dispositions to Oil & Gas companies on public land for the purpose of the development of natural resources.

If a company holds an interest in the minerals, they may apply to the Special Areas Board for a Mineral Surface Lease (MSL).  In order to issue a MSL, the company must provide:

Paper Submission
1.       (1) COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM
2.       APPLICABLE FEES (SEE FEE SCHEDULE)
3.       (1) SIGNED AND SEAL CONSENT OF OCCUPANT ACCOMPAINED BY INITIALED COLOR SURVEY PLANS
4.       THIRD PARTY APPROVALS, IF REQUIRED.

Digital Submission to be made to FTP Site
HTTP://216.123.242.195
1.       A COLOR PDF OR TIFF OF THE SURVEY PLANS
2.       DWG VERSION OF THE SURVEY PLANS (MUST BE REQUESTED FROM SURVEYORS)
3.       ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

Companies may also apply to the Special Areas Board for a Pipeline Agreement (PLA) which grants an easement to the company for a pipeline right-of-way.  In order to issue a PLA, the company must provide:

Paper Submission
1.       (1) COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM
2.       APPLICABLE FEES (SEE FEE SCHEDULE)
3.       (1) SIGNED AND SEAL CONSENT OF OCCUPANT ACCOMPAINED BY INITIALED COLOR SURVEY PLANS
4.       THIRD PARTY APPROVALS, IF REQUIRED.

Digital Submission to be made to FTP Site
HTTP://216.123.242.195
1.       A COLOR PDF OR TIFF OF THE INDIVIDUAL OWNERSHIP PLANS
2.       ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

Once the applications for a MSL or PLA have been received, the Lease Supervisor reviews and processes these. They are then forwarded on to the Field Services Administrator for field inspection and approval. Upon approval the Letter of Authority is drafted and sent to the company.

Requests can be forwarded to sasearches@specialareas.ab.ca there will be a $3.00 + GST charge for each parcel. Special Areas also offers a web title search account that can be set up. The client can then do their own searches and be billed automatically. For more information please contact the Hanna District Office at 403-854-5625.

Oil & Gas Related Policies
Policy 06-01 – Pipeline Road Crossing
Policy 06-02 – Access for Seismic Drill Lines & Well Site Development Near Water Bodies within the Special Areas
Policy 06-03 – Access Historical or Cultural Sites
Policy 06-04 – Guideline for License of Occupation & Shoreline Modification Approval
Policy 06-05 – Minimum Disturbance on Native Range
Policy 06-06 – Invasive Introduced Forages on Reclamation Sites
Policy 06-07 – Utility Line Easement Compensation to Landowner
Policy 07-12 – Parking of Water Trucks on Special Areas Roads

Key Contacts

Eric Haldorson, Field Services Administrator
(403)854-5656 Office
(403)854-8054 Cell
Eric.haldorson@specialareas.ab.ca

Lisa Bietelspacher, Lease Supervisor
(403)854-5616 Office
lisa.bietelspacher@specialareas.ab.ca