The Alberta Land Stewardship Act and its Impact on Alberta's Oil and Gas Industry


  • Alan Harvie Partner, Macleod Dixon LLP, Calgary, Alberta
  • and Trent Mercier Associate, Macleod Dixon LLP, Calgary, Alberta



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


This article discusses the impact of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act – enacted by the Government of Alberta with the goal of developing an overarching land use policy to manage all lands and natural resources in the province – on Albertans generally, as well as the oil, gas, and oil sands industries. Although the implementation of the Act is in its early stages, the article nonetheless argues that the Act, and the authority that it grants, will significantly alter the way that land use decisions are made in Alberta and, of specific interest to those in the oil, gas, and oil sands industries, the manner in which proposed projects are reviewed and approved.