Current Environmental Regulation of the Alberta Oil and Gas Industry and Emerging Issues


  • Albert J. Hudec
  • Joni R. Paulus



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


As the environmental law regime in Alberta becomes increasingly detailed and stringent, participants in the oil and gas industry will face greater liability arising from environmental damage. This paper reviews the current provincial environmental regulatory structure as it applies to the oil and gas industry. Prospective developments in the law are also considered. The drafting of operating agreements, sale of oil and gas assets, and the liability of subsequent users are discussed in this context. Insurance coverage for environmental damage and the liability of lenders are also examined.


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