Environment & Resource Services
The Environment & Resource Services branch, formerly known as Resource Land Access provides a number of resource planning, technical geological and engineering, and advanced mapping and data services within Alberta Energy, and to other Government of Alberta ministries.The branch advocates and negotiates for reasonable access to the leasing of mineral rights on behalf of all Albertans who benefit from resource extraction. In specialized areas such as ownership of minerals we act as a window of information for citizens. We support processes that ensure fair and timely access to develop resources while at that same time understanding the significant issues associated with access to resources located in environmentally sensitive areas.
Integrated Resource & Environmental Policy group provides resource-planning support to minimize conflicts related to access to mineral rights owned by Albertans (the Crown) and to support resource developers in gaining surface access to those minerals below. Land Access typically applies to areas where surface access may be significantly affected because of an environmental or land use concern.
Geology & Engineering area provides technical geological & engineering consulting expertise internally within the department on a broad range of technical matters that involve the effective management of the Crown’s mineral resources. The group interprets geological and engineering data, submitted by companies to ensure for example, that mineral rights remain productive; that the Crown receives only its’ fair share of the resource in production sharing agreements involving crown and freehold mineral interests. Technical support is provided for petroleum and natural gas, oil sands, coal, metallic and industrial minerals and long-term resource planning decision-making.
GIS Services produces a wide range of GIS mapping products, high quality presentation material, processes mineral accretion applications, provides expertise in resolving situations where mineral ownership is unclear, and co-ordinates and manages GIS datasets..