The department has the mandate to approve all seismic exploration programs within the province of
Alberta under the following legislations:
Mines and Minerals Act (Part 8)
View the contents of the Act on the Queen's Printer website. Part 8 of the Act outlines regulations for exploration.
Exploration Regulation (AR 284/2006)
View the contents of this Regulation on the Queen's Printer website. Alberta Regulation 284/2006 regulates companies engaging
in exploration of petroleum and natural gas projects governed by the Mines and Minerals Act.
The department receives applications for proposed seismic exploration programs and approves the applications under the legislation
for all petroleum and natural gas seismic exploration within the province of Alberta. The department oversees day-to-day operations
and ensures legislation compliance with the legislations which includes:
Schedule 1 of Alberta's Exploration Regulation includes a list of 26 exploration directives. While the Regulation describes
the "must do" about exploration operations, the directives explain "how to do". The directives use plain language to make
exploration requirements easy to understand.
Each exploration directive is enforced through the specific section of the Mines and Minerals Act and Exploration Regulation
that the directive references.
Exploration Restricted Areas
Certain lands in Alberta have seismic operational restrictions on Follow the link above to view a list and description of
these restricted areas.
Regulation and Enforcement
Seismic crew inspections are conducted throughout the province on public and non-public land (private land and road allowance)
by the department field staff on an ongoing basis as part of the regulatory enforcement program to ensure compliance with act and regulation.
- Public Lands Field Offices
The department has field offices located throughout the province where Forest Officer and Public Lands Officers oversee project approval,
daily operations, and legislation compliance for seismic operations on public lands that they administer. See:
About the Exploration Unit and Geophysical Inspector Program
The department's Land Management Branch, located in Edmonton, leads the development of provincial policy for exploration. The Exploration
Unit of the Branch houses the Geophysical Inspector Program that oversees seismic operations on non-public lands.
The Geophysical Inspector Program acts as a liaison for information regarding seismic operations and attempts to facilitate
resolutions to issues and concerns raised against the exploration industry.
Updated: Aug 26, 2015