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Land conservation and reclamation

Alberta legislation requires soil conservation and reclamation for most industrial activities and for all activities on public lands.

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Operators must set aside funds to ensure developed sites are reclaimed to a useful and productive state when operations are completed.

General conservation and reclamation guidelines that apply to multiple industries in Alberta.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) provides guidelines for conservation of the province’s native grasslands.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has guidelines to regulate conservation and reclamation for the oil-sands and coal-mining industries.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) uses a conservation and reclamation program to reclaim land used for oil and gas development.

Peat operations in Alberta are governed by a variety of acts and regulations that provide guidelines for conservation and reclamation.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has policies and regulations for conservation and reclamation of land disturbed for pipelines.

Pit operations are regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) under a variety of acts, codes of practice and regulations.

Guidelines help those who run renewable energy operations (REOs) develop and maintain conservation and reclamation plans for their projects.

Conservation and reclamation are required for roadways, transmission lines, railways and other specified land activities.

As of January 1, 2008, upstream oil and gas remediation and reclamation require involvement and sign-off from a qualified professional.


Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) develops guidance and criteria for conservation and reclamation planning and for measuring reclamation success.

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