The Geophysical Inspector Program is also known as the Geophysical Regulatory Enforcement Program. The program enforces:

  • Mines and Minerals Act
  • Alberta Exploration Regulation (AR 284/2006)
  • associated exploration directives on private land and road allowances

Geophysical crew inspections

Geophysical inspectors:

  • are located in Edmonton and Red Deer but operate throughout Alberta
  • conduct random field inspections of seismic crews on private land and road allowances
  • respond to concerns raised by third parties
  • enforce legislation and may issue fines

Landowner assistance

The program helps resolve exploration activity issues between the geophysical industry and:

  • landowners
  • counties
  • municipal districts
  • special areas
  • irrigation districts

Examples of landowner concerns that warrant an investigation include:

  • flowing or cratered shot holes
  • livestock damages
  • permit disputes
  • structural damage
  • surface damages
  • trespass (and related damage)
  • water wells

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Permit agent certification

While not mandatory, it is highly recommended all geophysical permit agents complete the course offered through ENFORM now Energy Safety Canada in Calgary. Graduates are issued a certification number to confirm completion of this industry and government recognized program.

Landowners should request a record of the geophysical permit agent’s certification number on their permit form.


To connect with a geophysical inspector:

Hours: 24-hour dedicated line
Phone: 780-427-3932
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

If your call is not answered, please leave a message. An inspector will respond as soon as possible.