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.

Resolving Disputes
 
Hearing by Oral Submissions

If parties are unable to reach an agreement through facilitated negotiations, the Board may hold a hearing to resolve the dispute oral hearing. Hearings may be done entirely through written correspondence, or they may be orally and in-person. Oral hearings to determine compensation are usually done in person near the subject lands. They are conducted by a panel of one to three Board members and are open to the public. During an oral hearing, each side is given the opportunity to present evidence supporting their position and to rebut the other side’s evidence. This process somewhat resembles court proceedings, however, Board hearings are not as formal and do not have to obey all of the processes of a court.

For more information about hearings, refer to the following:

 
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