Crown Mineral Disposition

Alberta Oilsands

When industry is interested in obtaining an agreement for petroleum, natural gas, coal, oil sands, or metallic and industrial minerals, they contact Alberta Energy.

If that mineral is available, industry can request it to be included on the land sale schedule. Energy then refers the request to the Crown Mineral Disposition Review Committee (CMDRC).

The CMDRC is composed of representatives from Environment and Parks (AEP) as well as:

Crown Mineral Disposition Review Committee (CMDRC)

The CMDRC was created in 1971 and was established under the Land Conservation Regulations (Land Surface Conservation and Reclamation Act). Under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, which came into effect in 1993, the Committee is continued through Section 10(2) of the Act:

What Does the CMDRC Do?

The CMDRC provides an interdepartmental review of all proposed mineral dispositions to identify their impacts or possible impacts on the environment. The review is a general assessment that identifies major surface or environmental concerns that can affect surface access for exploration and development of minerals. Based on information received from the CMDRC, the Department of Energy reviews the restrictions and determines whether they warrant preventing a sale, or if the minerals are posted for sale.

For additional information regarding Crown Mineral Rights and Identification of Major Surface Concerns in Public Offering Notices, access information letter 2011-21 Petroleum Royalty Regulation, 2009 Par Prices - July 2011 Production Month on the Alberta Energy website at:


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Updated: Sep 3, 2015