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Surface Rights Board of Arbitration

Matters may come before the Board for determination by way of in-person hearing, video hearing or written submission, or any combination of the three formats. The Board will continue to observe and comply with any current Public Heath Orders in place at the time of the hearing, including any restrictions put in place by the venue chosen to hold any in-person hearing.

The Board retains the discretion to determine how a hearing will proceed in light of factors including the nature of the application, the efficiency of the proceeding, and fairness to the parties.

The Board Rules concerning procedure in hearings before the Board are now in force.

Section 86.1 is now in effect concerning payment of delinquent surface rights compensation owed to landowners.

Recovery of Compensation Application

Notice of Objection

The Surface Rights Board is an arbitration board used as a last resort when a landowner or occupant and an oil/gas or potash operator are unable to reach an agreement for surface access to private land and related compensation.

The Surface Rights Board of Arbitration conducts hearings for matters such as:

  • the rights required by the operator to enter on the surface of the land;
  • damage claims;
  • compensation for wellsite and/or flowlines; and
  • rental reviews.

The Board's objectives are:

  • to provide a comprehensive procedure for acquiring surface rights;
  • to provide for the payment of just and equitable compensation for the acquisition of surface rights; and
  • to provide for the maintenance and reclamation of the surface of land acquired in connection with surface rights.

Public and private organizations, businesses and agricultural operations lobby the Board to ensure that it is accountable to a healthy agricultural industry, a healthy petroleum industry and a healthy environment.

Balancing sound, consistent and standardized oil field practices, agricultural practices and environmental practices with the public interest and the maintenance of public policy is always a challenge. The environmental integrity of petroleum operations is always of great concern to the Board.

Site Supervision

The Board's ability to monitor and enforce existing environmental standards is limited to acts of the operator creating damage less than $30,000.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources monitors the maintenance of oil field operational standards during the well's life. Please contact the applicable field office for further information:

Lloydminster (Area 1) Field Office 306-825-6434
Kindersley (Area 2) Field Office 306-463-5400
Swift Current (Area 3) Field Office 306-778-8252
Estevan (Area 4) Field Office 306-637-4541

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