The Surface Rights Board is a quasi-judicial tribunal that grants right of entry and assists landowners/occupants and operators resolve disputes about compensation when operators require access to private land or occupied crown land to develop subsurface resources such as oil, gas, and coal or to build and operate pipelines and power transmission lines.

How to Apply
 
Damages

Section 30 of the Surface Rights Act allows the Board to hold proceedings and make an order with respect to a dispute between the operator and an owner or occupant who are parties to a Surface Lease or are under a Right of Entry Order. The Board may award compensation for offsite damages, for loss or damage to livestock or other personal property, or for time spent or expense incurred recovering the owner or occupant’s livestock that have strayed due to an act or omission of the operator. The Board is limited to awards of $25,000.00. Applications must be made in writing to the Board by a party to the dispute within 2 years from the last date upon which the alleged damage is to have occurred.

For more information on damages, refer to the following:

If you would like to appoint a personal representative to assist you in the application/hearing process the "Appointment of Personal Representative" Form should be completed and returned to the Board.
 
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