Detailed Site Assessment (Cultivated Lands)
Detailed Site Assessment (Forested Lands)
Detailed Site Assessment (Native Grasslands) Version 3.1 (Sept 24, 2012)
The intent of the 2010 Reclamation Criteria is to measure appropriate parameters and evaluate whether land function and operability is comparable to the surrounding area or an appropriate reference. The 2010 Reclamation Criteria describe the allowable changes in site conditions. They typically require landscape, vegetation and soils assessments as did the 1995 Update. In special cases, the operator may have to find
representative land, soil and vegetation a short distance from the site or use available references applicable to Alberta.
Forested Lands includes any treed land, whether or not the forest vegetation is utilized for commercial purposes. Treed (bush) lands in the White Area (deedable land) that is
to be maintained as 'treed' shall meet the forested criteria. Land in the White Area where a landuse has been changed to cultivation must meet the cultivated criteria. In the Green Area (crown land), native meadows or range improvement areas in grazing
dispositions may be assessed using the grasslands or cultivated lands criteria, with approval from the Land Manager.
Native Grasslands include lands that are permanently vegetated by native herbaceous species. Native grasslands commonly present a mixture of different native grass species,
forbs (i.e., flowering/broad-leaved species), shrubs (i.e., woody species) and tree species, whereas tame grasslands (i.e., forage and tame pasture) produce agronomic seeded grass
and legume species such as timothy and alfalfa. Grasslands occur primarily in the Grassland Natural Region, but they can also be found in other Natural Regions of Alberta, including the Parkland, Rocky Mountains and Foothills Natural Regions. Grasslands include range improvement areas, grazing dispositions on public lands(White Zone and Green Zone
areas), native prairie and grassland areas, Special Areas, and the Eastern Irrigation District.
Riparian areas may also occur in Grassland sites.
This guide provides reclamation certificate application information to oil and gas operators. Information in this guide has been compiled from conservation and reclamation information letters, remediation and reclamation fact sheets, and the
2010 Reclamation Criteria for Wellsites and Associated Facilities (Alberta Environment 2010). It is intended to be updated regularly in order to answer questions and provide explanations to clarify Alberta Environment’s expectations.
In June 2011, the updated 2010 Reclamation Criteria for Wellsites and Associated Facilities for Cultivated Lands, Forested Lands, and Native Grasslands were released.
The RCAG recommended that the 2010 criteria be reviewed periodically and updated as necessary as knowledge of ecosystem processes improves. Throughout the 2011 field season, questions relating to the three 2010 Criteria along with their Assessment Tools were tracked and these questions and answers have been compiled into this document. Other frequently asked questions on the application form and peatlands have also been included.
The total cash deposits, bonds and letter of credit guarantees for oil sands mines resulting from the Mine Financial Security Program as of October 15, 2012 held in the Security Fund was $967,585,502 compared to $936,596,075 for the preceding year. For additional information please see below.
The intent of this document is to guide users of the Remediation
Certificate Regulation through the process of contaminated sites management, from suspecting and confirming contamination, reporting obligations, remediation requirements and finally the process for applying for remediation certificates. Also
included is some discussion on the issuance and auditing of remediation certificates.