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Applications for exploration and extraction of sand, gravel, clay, marl, topsoil as well as peat operations are reviewed.
Some changes were made in 2017 and 2018 to how surface-material applications are reviewed and to the process for applying.
Peat and peat operations in Alberta are defined and regulated under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
The Alberta government reviews all applications to explore and extract sand, gravel, clay, marl and topsoil, as well as peat operations.