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Alberta Landowners Guide, Energy Industry Associations

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3rd edition
Authors:            Duncan Kenyon, Nikki Way, Andrew Read, Barend Dronkers, Benjamin Israel, Binnu Jeyakumar, Nina Lothian
Publisher: Pembina Institute
Publish Date: October 2016
PDF Download: [Landowners' Guide]              [Landowners' Primer]                                                                    
Initiation Phase
Exploration Phase
Development Phase
Pipelines and Other Infrastructure
Environmental Impacts
Abandonment and Reclamation
Compensation, Rights, and Hearings
                Alberta Energy Regulator
                Other Alberta Departments
                Other Resources
                Legal Assistance
                Energy Industry Associations
                Provincial Non-profit Organizations
                Surface Rights and Local Groups
                Responsible Energy Development Act
                AER Oil and Gas Related Legislation
                AER Energy Related Legislation
                Other Provincial Acts
                Documenting Costs
                Glossary of Terms

Professional Organizations Representing the Energy Sector

Alberta Association of Surface Land Agents

Land agents in Alberta are licensed under the Land Agents Licensing Act (see Land Agents Licensing Act).[1] It is important to distinguish between licensed land agents and other professionals, such as permit agents, emergency response planning personnel and pipeline inspectors, who are trained to perform other tasks, but are not in fact licensed land agents. The Alberta Association of Surface Land Agents is a professional association of people involved in all aspects of surface land acquisition in various industries, including the oil and gas sector.

Alberta Association of Surface Land Agents

Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association

This professional association regulates the practice of land surveying. A section on their website explains their work to the public. They also publish free helpful brochures, such as Understanding Easements and Rights-of-Way.[2]

Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association
Phone: 780-429-8805, 800-665-2572

Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors

One of the functions of the CAGC is to act as the communication link to promote understanding between government, industry, other groups and the geophysical industry.

Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors
Phone: 403-265-0045

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors

This is a trade association that develops standard procedures for its member companies and represents this branch of the industry in dealing with different levels of government and others.

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors
Phone: 403-264-4311

Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen

Oil and gas companies hire professional land agents, or landmen, to deal with surface landowners and land administration. Landmen are involved in negotiations with landowners from the initial request to explore land to the time when a well or pipeline is abandoned and reclaimed. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Landman (CAPL) is a non-profit voluntary professional association for landmen in Canada, providing education and training in petroleum land management and engagement and input from public and government relations. They also encourage professional and ethical standards among their members.

Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is an industry group representing companies involved in the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas in Canada. CAPP member companies account for 85% of the nation’s total production of petroleum.

CAPP often represents the industry in discussions with government, the AER and environmental groups. Over the years, CAPP has worked with members and stakeholders to develop industry best practices and comprehensive operating guidelines, on topics such as emergency response planning and flaring. The AER has used these evolving guidelines as minimum standards.

CAPP’s website contains many resources primarily written for their members but covering a variety of topics such as health and safety, emergency response, sour gas, flaring and venting. Additionally, CAPP produces their Crude Oil Forecast, Markets and Transportation report annually.

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Phone: 403-267-1100
Fax: 403-261-4622

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies. Pipelines transport oil and gas from producing regions to markets throughout Canada and the United States. According to the association, every CEPA member will have signed on to CEPA’s Integrity First Policy Statement and Principles,[3] which includes a commitment to collaborate and challenge industry best practices to reach the goal of zero pipeline incidents.

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
Phone: 403-221-8777

Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources

Companies that belong to the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources are involved in the exploration and development of all types of unconventional gas, including shale gas, light tight oil, gas hydrates, coalbed methane, tight gas sands and carbonates. The society has produced a comprehensive summary entitled Canadian Water Regulations Applicable to Hydraulic Fracturing Operations, summarizing regulations in Alberta as well as other oil and gas jurisdictions.[4]

Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources
Phone: 403-233-9298

Orphan Well Association

The Orphan Well Association is a not-for-profit organization tasked with managing the abandonment of upstream oil and gas orphan wells, pipelines and facilities, and the remediation and reclamation of their associated sites. The organization works under the delegated authority of the AER. Funds for the program are collected by the AER through the Orphan Fund levy on the upstream oil and gas industry (see Orphan Wells and Pipelines). This levy is based on the abandonment and reclamation liabilities held by each company and it is collected annually by the AER and remitted to the OWA. The association’s activities are described in their annual report, available on their website.

The organization also publishes a list of wells, sites, and pipelines that are to be abandoned or undergo reclamation.

Orphan Well Association
Phone: 403-297-6416, or toll-free 310-0000, ask for AER switchboard 403-297-8311, then ask for OWA

Explorers and Producers Association of Canada

The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC) represents independent oil and gas companies including start-ups, junior, and mid-sized producers operating in Canada and abroad. EPAC has close to 200 member companies, and represents their interests to government and regulatory bodies and to other sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Explorers and Producers Association of Canada
Phone: 403-269-3454
Fax: 403-269-3636

Strathcona Industrial Association

Several oil and gas companies operating in the eastern part of Edmonton and the adjacent portion of the County of Strathcona are members of the Strathcona Industrial Association (SIA). Other companies involved are mostly in the petrochemical industry. SIA has seven continuous air quality monitoring stations and 21 static monitoring stations in the region.

The association also supports health promotion and safety initiatives in the community. It operates the Strathcona District Mutual Assistance Program program, to plan and test emergency response readiness.

Strathcona Industrial Association
Phone: 780-990-4742

Petroleum Services Association of Canada

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. As the voice of Canada’s petroleum service, supply and manufacturing sector, PSAC advocates for its members to enable the continued innovation, technological advancement and in-the-field experience they supply to Canada’s energy explorers and producers, helping to increase efficiency, improve safety and protect the environment. PSAC member companies represent a significant portion of the business volume generated in the petroleum services industry.


  1. This material is from the Pembina Institute publication 'Landowners' Guide to Oil and Gas Development, 3rd edition (2016)'
  2. http://www.alsa.ab.ca/PublicInformation/EasementsandRightsofWay.aspx
  3. http://www.cepa.com/about-us/cepa-integrity-first
  4. https://www.csur.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CSUR-Hydrualic-Fracturing-Package_Word1.pdf. This link has been updated since the 2016 publication; the updated link may no longer contain the original information.