Gov­ern­ment Site Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram info for landowner and lease­holder nom­i­na­tion of lands

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The Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta has ini­ti­ated the Site Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram in or­der to help clean up some of the oil and gas fa­cil­i­ties across the prov­ince. The cur­rent phase of fund­ing for this pro­gram is tar­geted to fa­cil­i­ties where the li­censee (the owner of the oil and gas fa­cil­ity such as a well­site) has ceased pay­ment for sur­face rights. These are also known as Sec­tion 36 lands.

Or­phan wells are not el­i­gi­ble for this phase of the pro­gram.

Pri­vate landown­ers and lease­hold­ers can nom­i­nate lo­ca­tions on their lands which fall un­der Sec­tion 36 lands for clean up within this pro­gram. Nom­i­nat­ing lo­ca­tions brings at­ten­tion to the pres­ence of the prob­lem lo­ca­tion. Lo­ca­tions may be se­lected through­out the life of the pro­gram, in­clud­ing po­ten­tially fu­ture phases.

Oil and Gas lo­ca­tions picked up by the pro­gram will have recla­ma­tion com­pleted on them by qual­i­fied con­sul­tants. This would in­clude the re­moval of fa­cil­i­ties, clean up of any con­tam­i­nants, and re-veg­e­ta­tion so that the lo­ca­tion would be­come safe and us­able, blend­ing in with the sur­round­ing land use.

In or­der to nom­i­nate a lo­ca­tion, the pri­vate landowner or lease­holder must send an email to “en­ergy.srp­sitenom­i­na­tion@gov.ab.ca” with the sub­ject line “Landowner SRP Nom­i­na­tion” and in­clude the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion:

• Name of landowner on the land ti­tle

• Le­gal land de­scrip­tion of the fa­cil­ity be­ing nom­i­nated (le­gal sub­di­vi­sion is prefer­able over quar­ter sec­tion)

• Landowner Phone Num­ber

• Landowner Mail­ing Ad­dress

• In­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the site nom­i­na­tion (eg: infrastruc­ture that is pre­sent, ob­served con­cerns, fenc­ing)

• A photo of the li­censee in­for­ma­tion sign (usu­ally this sign is lo­cated at the end of the ac­cess road or on the fence sur­round­ing the well­site. If it is not pre­sent, in­di­cate in the email that the sign is not pre­sent and a photo of the fa­cil­ity can be in­cluded in­stead) Mul­ti­ple sites can be in­cluded in one email, but all in­for­ma­tion must be clearly pre­sented and pho­tos must be la­beled so it can be iden­ti­fied which site they be­long to. Email size can­not ex­ceed 100 MBs.

The dead­line for this phase of the pro­gram was June 18. Landown­ers and lease­hold­ers are en­cour­aged to sub­mit lo­ca­tions past the June 18 dead­line as demand and need will be looked at by the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta for the de­ter­mi­na­tion of fu­ture phases.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram, go to https:// www.al­berta.ca/site-re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion-pro­gram.aspx.

To speak with staff from the Spe­cial Ar­eas Board Prop­erty Ad­min­is­tra­tion depart­ment, call (403) 854-5600.

Ad­di­tional In­for­ma­tion:

Pro­gram In­for­ma­tion and Guide­lines (PDF): https:// www.al­berta.ca/as­sets/doc­u­ments/en­ergy-sitere­ha­bil­i­ta­tion-pro­gram-guide­lines.pdf

In­struc­tions for Landown­ers (in­cludes graz­ing lease hold­ers):

https://www.al­berta.ca/landowner-and-in­dige­nous­com­mu­nity-site-nom­i­na­tion.aspx#Landown­ers

File photo

There are a lot of well sites across south­ern Al­berta.

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