The Growth of Public Participation in Decisions of the Energy Resources Conservation Board


  • P. A. Rowbotham



This paper addresses the issue of public participation in one of Alberta's most important administrative tribunals, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB). The ERCB makes significant decisions regarding the exploration for, and development of, natural resources in Alberta. In the past twenty-five years the public has taken an increasing interest in the types of issues which face the ERCB. The following essay discusses the legislative scheme which permits and encourages public participation in these decisions. It also addresses the increase in public participation, and focuses on two specific events: the Crown of the Continent Project in the Waterton Lakes area of Alberta and the Caroline/Beaverhill Lake Gas Development Applications.