Oil & 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).
Requests can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Environmental Review Program, in place since 2010, was designed to better manage surface disturbances and protect significant environmental features during the planning, construction, operations, and reclamation of industrial projects. This program was reviewed in late 2019/early 2020 to ensure it aligns pre-application disposition requirements of the Environmental Review with regulatory compliance set out across multi-jurisdictional areas like wildlife, species-at-risk, wetlands and waterbodies.
As the agency representing the landowner interest on public lands, the Special Areas Board is concerned with maintaining the integrity of native prairie landscapes. Within the Special Areas, industrial oil & gas activity (most recently the development of petroleum & electricity transmission lines) has been steadily increasing on native prairie landscapes. The Special Areas Board recognizes the shift in focus from reclamation to restoration of native prairie ecosystems acknowledged in the 2010 Reclamation Criteria for Wellsites and Associated Facilities in Native Grasslands (Alberta Environment, 2011).
The use of development planning and pre-disturbance assessment is important in successful restoration of the native prairie ecosytems to their pre-disturbance ecological conditions. Tools such as the Recovery Strategies for Industrial Development in Native Prairie (AESRD, 2013), Range Plant Community Guides & Range Health Assessment Guidelines (Adams et al) and Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI) are useful in determining the ability of native plant communities. Links to several of these resources are provided below.
The Special Areas land base covers parts of four natural subregions as identified in the map below. Reclamation practitioners must understand the restoration opportunities and limitations pertaining to the uniqueness of each subregion.
Assignment of Disposition - NEEDS TO BE SIGNED & SEALED BY BOTH COMPANIES
Consent of Occupant - OCCUPANT SEAL REQUIRED
Partial Assignment of Disposition - NEEDS TO BE SIGNED & SEALED BY BOTH COMPANIES
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