Oil Sands Regulatory Processes Overview
Alberta's oil sands are the third-largest proven crude oil reserves in the world. Alberta is recognized as a responsible world-leading energy supplier, an energy technology champion, a sophisticated energy consumer and a solid global environmental citizen. For companies that are new to the development of oil sands in Alberta, there are regulatory procedures that are necessary to follow in order to acquire an agreement from the Crown and to start the development process. This document serves as a guide for potential developers and producers of oil sands, and to outline the regulatory processes the Oil Sands Division of the Government of Alberta has implemented in order to effectively administer responsible development.
The process to begin extracting Alberta's Crown oil sands involves acquiring an Electronic Transfer System (ETS) account, purchasing an agreement, acquiring approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), obtaining approval for a Project application from Alberta Energy (optional), and complying with reporting and royalty payment requirements as set by Alberta Energy. Each step is important to understand in its entirety. To assist in this process, the steps are outlined below.
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