The Alberta government’s upstream oil and gas conservation and reclamation program aims to return sites to equivalent land capability. A reclaimed site should support the same uses as it did before it was disturbed.
The Alberta government develops policies and regulations that govern this conservation and reclamation.
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) regulates upstream oil and gas activities through their life cycle. This includes:
The AER also administers the upstream oil and gas reclamation certification program.
Find out more about AER’s role in managing upstream oil and gas sites at: Alberta Energy Regulator.
The AER uses certain criteria to assess whether sites have been reclaimed to equivalent land capability.
Reclamation criteria is available for 4 land-use types:
- 2010 Reclamation Criteria for Well Sites and Associated Facilities for Cultivated Lands
Updated July 2013
- 2010 Reclamation Criteria for Well Sites and Associated Facilities for Forested Lands
Updated July 2013
- 2010 Reclamation Criteria for Well Sites and Associated Facilities for Native Grasslands
Updated July 2013
- Reclamation Criteria for Well Sites and Associated Facilities for Peatlands
Revised March 2017
Professional sign off
When applying for a reclamation certificate, a signed professional declaration must be included.
To find out more about sign-off requirements, including required competencies, see: Land conservation and reclamation – Professional sign off.
- Application for Exemption from Requirement to Obtain a Reclamation Certificate Due to Presence of an Overlapping Activity (PDF, 242 KB)
- Burial of Material On-lease
C&R IL 97-5
- Certification Requirements for Well Sites with No Surface Disturbance (Surveyed Only)
C&R IL 94-3
- Conservation and Reclamation Guidelines for Alberta
C&R IL 97-1
- Conservation and Reclamation Notice
C&R IL 94-2
- Environmental Protection Guidelines for Oil Production Sites
C&R IL 02-1, revised January 2002
- Guide to Certification for Site Reductions, Additions, Overlaps, Multi-Well Facilities and Forced Lease Boundary Changes
Alberta Environment and Parks, Land Policy, 2015, No. 2
- Guide for Oil Production Sites Pursuant to the EPEA and Regulations
Code of practice, in effect as of July 1, 1997
- Guidelines for End Land Use Planning for Reclaiming Borrow Pits Supporting Energy Activities on Public Lands
- Management of Wood Chips on Public Land
- Native Prairie Protocol for Reclamation Certification of Salt-Affected Wellsites
- Principles for Minimizing Surface Disturbance in Native Grassland
Principles, guidelines and tools for all industrial activity in native grasslands in the Prairie and Parkland landscapes of Alberta
- Problem-Introduced Forages on Prairie and Parkland Reclamation Sites: Guidance for Non-Cultivated Lands
- Progressive Reclamation and Interim Clean-up
- Revegetation Using Native Plant Materials – Guidelines for Industrial Development Sites
- Sites Reclaimed Using Natural Recovery Methods – Guidance on Site Assessment
- Siting an Upstream Oil and Gas Site in an Environmentally Sensitive Area on Private Land - Guidance for Private Land
- Third-Party Impact on Reclamation
C&R IL 97-4
- Voluntary Shutdown Criteria for Construction Activity Operations
C&R IL 98-4
- Weed Management on Industrial Sites
- Well-site Construction: Guidelines for No-Strip and Reduced Disturbance
- Acceptable Salinity, Sodicity and pH Values for Boreal Forest Reclamation
- Foothills Fescue Grassland – Principles for Minimizing Surface Disturbance
- Glossary of Reclamation and Remediation Terms Used in Alberta
- Literature Review of Reclamation Practices in the Central Parkland and Northern Fescue Natural Sub-regions
- Native Prairie Protocol for salt-affected wellsites: scientific rationale document
- Recovery Strategies for Industrial Development in Native Prairie - Dry Mixed-grass Natural Sub-region of Alberta
First approximation (2013)
- Recovery Strategies for Industrial Development in Native Prairie – Mixed-grass Natural Sub-region of Alberta
First approximation, 2014
Was this page helpful?
Your submissions are monitored by our web team and are used to help improve the experience on Alberta.ca.