LAND 251 - Current Issues in Surface Rights

Course Details

Course Code:

LAND 251


Calendar Description:
This course is designed to give the learner background information in seismic operations and documentation, recent dower procedures and Aboriginal oil and gas procedures and related benchmark court cases. The students also deal extensively with the Alberta Energy Utilities Board (AEUB) Guide 56 (H2S requirements), ethics and business practices. As relevant new issues arise they will be incorporated into the course.

Total Hours: 34

This course is offered online:

LAND 130 and must be enrolled full time in the Land and Resource Management program or consent of the instructor.

Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Changes in Government and AEUB Policies on CRN Lands
- new guidelines relating to Bill 31
- AEUB mediation process

Documentation Relating to Dower Rights and Signing Authorities
- documents relating to dower rights
- requirements for signing authorities such as Trustees, Power of Attorney, Commissioner of Oaths and Notaries

Structure and Operation, and Complete Documentation Relating to Indian Oil and Gas Lands
- organization of Indian Oil and Gas Canada
- acts and regulations relating to Indian lands
- documentation for exploratory licenses, surface leases and right-of-way documents in Oil and Gas Canada
- documentation for environmental assessments and applications

Effects of Benchmark Court Decisions Affecting Oil and Gas Canada
- effects of selected cases impacting on Indian Oil and Gas Canada

Industry Requirements Relating to Public Awareness Programs Relating to Sour Gas
- requirements in a guide that relates to sour gas development
- current initiatives with BC-OGC, in regard to public consultation related to sour gas concerns

Trust, Ethics, and Business Practices in Relation to Land Negotiations
- trust and ethics as related to land negotiations
- business practices to land negotiations
- professional development options for land administrators and agents

Exploration in Northern Canada
- regulatory requirements
- environmental concerns

BC-Oil & Gas Commission ()GC Regulatory Framework

- background and intent behind formation of OGC
- the Regulatory Framework
- the purpose and use of the Environmental Fund
- the First Nations consultation process
- applications and approvals procedures
- procedures for acquiring Certificate of Restoration on abandoned sites

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

- identify the changes in government and AEUB policies on CRN lands
- complete documentation relating to dower rights and signing authorities
- describe the structure and operation, and complete documentation relating to Indian oil and gas lands
- identify the effects of benchmark court decisions affecting Oil and Gas Canada
- identify industry requirements relating to public awareness programs relating to sour gas
- relate trust, ethics, and business practices to land negotiations
- describe the exploration in Northern Canada
- describe the BC-Oil & Gas Commission (OGC) Regulatory Framework

Grading System:

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Assignments: 40 %
Project: 30 %

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Other Programs:
Land & Resource Management Diploma