Landowners’ Guide to Oil and Gas Development3rd edition, all new and revised

Publication - Nov. 6, 2016 - By Duncan Kenyon, Nikki Way, Andrew Read, Binnu Jeyakumar, Benjamin Israel, Nina Lothian

Alberta’s energy development landscape is a maze of regulations and complex relationships. The Landowners’ Guide to Oil and Gas Development provides advice on negotiating the best relationship possible between industry representatives who live and breathe this subject matter and property owners or communities that may be facing it for the first time. It also provides accessible advice on some of these complex questions:

  • If a permit agent knocks at your door and says a company wants to conduct seismic exploration on your land, how do you decide whether to grant permission?
  • If a land agent tells you a company plans to drill a well or put a pipeline on your land, what do you need to know before you start negotiations? How do you decide whether any special conditions are needed in a surface lease or right-of-entry agreement?
  • If there are plans to build a well or pipeline near your home, is the company obliged to tell you or consult with you? 

Order a copy of the Landowners' Guide to Oil and Gas Development:

Thanks to generous support of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Edmonton Community Foundation, the guide is provided free of cost, excluding the cost of shipping.

We have copies available in our Calgary and Edmonton offices upon request. To arrange for pick up, please send an email to Paul Moran ( with your name, email address, contact phone number, affiliation, and estimated pickup time. 

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Download chapters individually

Full report


Section 1: Getting Started

Section 2: Before the Project Starts

Section 3: Exploration for Oil and Gas

Section 4: Oil and Gas Wells

Section 5: Pipelines

Section 6: Oil Batteries, Gas Compressors and Other Facilities

Section 7: Emergencies

Section 8: Potential Environmental Impacts During Oil and Gas Operations

Section 9: Well and Pipeline Abandonment and Reclamation

Section 10: Compensation and Surface Rights Access

Section 11: Public Hearings and Regulatory Board Processes


We would like to thank the following funders for their financial support to enable us to develop and finalize this guide.


Alberta Real Estate Foundation


Edmonton Community Foundation

Pembina Foundation



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