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The AREPS portal provides access to public policies relating to the development of upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal. Users are able to identify and access policy documents from this easy to use platform.
AREPS gives access to directives, interim directives, information letters and manuals from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and polices from the Government of Alberta (Energy and Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD)). The lower Athabasca Regional Plan and the Wetlands Policy from ESRD are fully searchable.
The AER is responsible for the management of energy-related public land dispositions in accordance with the Public Lands Act, the Mines and Minerals Act, and other related legislation, regulations, and policies. To ensure that geophysical clients are provided with efficient and consistent service, the Application Disposition Process and Tracking (ADEPT) tool was created.
The objective of ADEPT is to automate the application, referral, approval, and mapping processes for geophysical clients. Using ADEPT, users can submit geophysical plans and have them validated in real time. Clients with successful submissions will receive a geophysical number; submissions with errors will be rejected and given a report of errors that require attention prior to resubmission.
This helpful tool is available to the public and allows registered users to view AER and ESRD authorizations issued under the Water Act or the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
The electronic assignments program is part of the broader Electronic Transfer System (ETS) and facilitates the assignment of surface dispositions issued under the Public Lands Act within the province of Alberta, where over 15 000 oil and gas dispositions are approved annually. Electronic assignments encompass all transactions, documents, and data exchanges associated with the assignment of a disposition holder’s interest in a surface disposition to another party.
Under the ETS umbrella, the electronic assignments program can be used for accessing and conveying information for a number of different applications, such as land searches or e-transfers. Oil and gas agreement transfers include dispositions for easements, licences of occupation, mineral surface leases, pipeline installations leases, pipeline agreements, and vegetation control easements.
The Environmental Site Assessment Repository (ESAR) is a searchable, online database that provides scientific and technical information about assessed and reclaimed sites throughout Alberta.
Environmental site assessments determine the quality of soil and groundwater of a site, such as retail gas stations and other commercial and industrial sites. A site assessment does not necessarily mean a site is, or ever was, contaminated.
ESAR makes available reclamation certificates issued by Environment and Parks (previously Environment and Sustainable Development) prior to March 24, 2014 for upstream oil and gas well sites and other specified lands on private land and the associated file information for the certificates (e.g., applications, reports). Reclamation certificates issues for sites on public land are available through InformationRequest@aer.ca.
All reclamation certificates issued by the Alberta Energy Regulator on or after March 24, 2014 are available through InformationRequest@aer.ca
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions, Tips and Tricks document or the User Guide if you are having any trouble accessing information on ESAR. If you do not find the information you require, please contact ESAR-Support@gov.ab.ca.
Use the integrated application registry (IAR) query tool to check on the status of applications registered with the AER.
Application attachments (supporting files and disposition documents) can be accessed through the IAR query tool for 30 days after an application has been decided.
Refer to the AER Authorization Status Request Guide for tool definitions and how to use IAR Query.
The Oil Sands Information Portal is a convenient, information-rich tool that provides detailed information about Alberta’s oil sands projects and associated data related to the environmental impacts of oil sands development. The portal features a searchable data repository that includes an interactive map, reports, graphs, tables, and downloads of current and historical oil sands information.
The interactive map allows users to easily select and view information of interest such oil sands operations, facilities, and upgraders and to then layer areas of additional interest such as water usage, reclaimed land, and key wildlife and biodiversity zones—on top of the original base map.
Using the Public Notice of Application tool, interested parties can access and search specific areas of the province for applications filed with the regulator in the last 30 days (from the time of search). Searchable by keyword or location, applications are also segregated into groups - such as facilities, resources, and oil sands developments - providing the public another avenue to facilitate their search.
This map viewer uses an interactive map application to show approval areas in Alberta for active conventional enhanced recovery (ER) schemes, in situ oil sands schemes, and mineable oil sands schemes. Supporting details include approval number, approval-holder name, scheme name (if applicable), scheme type, scheme subtype (if applicable), approval area description (if applicable), and associated field/pool or area/deposit.