The Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment handle reports of damages that occur on site (on lease) during the life of the well. Please report any spills or damage to the nearest field office.
Damages that are not situated within the surface rights acquired by an operator (off lease) must be reported to the Surface Rights Board within 30 days after discovery, by notifying the Board in writing. The Board will then notify the operator. If the parties are unable to agree upon the amount of loss or damage, the Board may schedule a hearing to determine the merits of the claim and the amount of compensation to be paid. *
** Section (60) of The Surface Rights Acquisition and Compensation Act limits the amount of claim to $1,000.00.
The operator is responsible for control of weeds on the land on which it operates. If there is a weed problem on site, the owner may apply to the Board in writing within three months, and the Board may order the operator to destroy the weeds or may award the owner or occupant compensation to do so.
Restoration concerns should also be reported to the Ministry of Energy and Resources (Liability Management) as well as in writing to the Surface Rights Board of Arbitration prior to signing a release form.