Announcement - August 8, 2014


Announcement - August 8, 2014

The Alberta Energy Regulatory is responsible under the Public Lands Act for energy-related applications. These include LOC (licence of occupation), MSL (mineral surface lease), MLL (miscellaneous lease), PLA (pipeline agreements), PIL (pipeline installation lease), RVC (regulatory vegetation control easement), OSE (oil sands exploration), and CEP (coal exploration programs).

The AER is working to ensure that effective regulatory processes support timely decision-making on Public Lands Act applications. Industry’s participation and contribution to this process is critical for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of this process. 

Effective August 8, the priority list for Public Lands Act applications will be closed. On July 29, 2014, the AER released Bulletin 2014-25: Timelines for Processing Public Lands Act Applications. The AER is moving toward clear and unambiguous processes by standardizing timelines. The timelines are listed in the table below.

Application Type Processing Timeline
Regular authorizations
Enhanced approval process (EAP) standard 30 business days
Enhanced approval process (EAP) nonstandard 45 business days
Oil and gas environmental field report (EFR) 60 business days*
Major projects environmental field report (EFR) 90 business days*
Oil sands exploration (OSE) and coal exploration (CEP) 60 business days*
TFA 5 business days
Renewal TBD
-no entry
-reclamation certification
Assignments TBD

*this includes the 30-day Statement of Concern period

Status inquiries will not be accepted until the defined timelines have been exceeded. All status inquiries must be submitted through Electronic Disposition System (EDS) and must be from the applicant, not a third party.

Bulletin 2014-25: Timelines for Processing Public Lands Act Applications:

The AER is committed to being a world-class regulator, demonstrating its responsibility for land and resource stewardship and maintaining Alberta’s competitiveness in the global energy sector. Your continued cooperation as we further streamline our organization, systems, and processes is appreciated.

Alberta Energy Regulator inquiries 1-855-297-8311 24-hour emergency 1-800-222-6514