The Interplay between Production and Underground Storage Rights in Alberta


  • Robert J. McKinnon



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


The author discusses the legal issues that arise in the context of underground gas storage practice when the availability of natural gas exceeds the market demand. The author acknowledges the inadequacy of Canadian law to address the issues, and draws from U.S. developments to act as guiding principles when analyzed in partnership with the Alberta Mines and Minerals Act. Discussion as to the priority between production and storage is focused on adjoining lands, production from zones beneath the storage reservoir, and the role of the Crown.