Industry must obtain agreements for petroleum, natural gas, coal, oil sands and metallic and industrial minerals. They do this by contacting Alberta Energy.
If the mineral is available, industry can ask for it to be included on the land-sale schedule. Alberta Energy refers those requests to the CMDRC.
Who makes up the CMDRC?
The CMDRC is made up of representatives from:
- Environment and Parks (AEP)
- Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
- Municipal Affairs
- Special Areas Board
The CMDRC was created in 1971. It was established under the Land Conservation Regulations (Land Surface Conservation and Reclamation Act).
The Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act came into effect in 1993. Since then, the CMDRC has continued through Section 10(2) of the Act.
What does the CMDRC do?
The CMDRC is an interdepartmental committee. It reviews proposed mineral dispositions to identify environmental impacts both certain and possible.
These reviews are general assessments. They identify major concerns that can affect surface access for mineral exploration and development.
The CMDRC passes its reviews, including suggested restrictions, on to the Department of Energy. The department determines if those restrictions should prevent a sale. If not, they will approve posting the minerals for sale.
To learn more about Crown mineral rights and major surface concerns in public offering notices, visit: Alberta Energy Information Letters. Select the letter titled ‘2011-21 Petroleum Royalty Regulation, 2009 Par Prices – July 2011 Production Month.’