Surface Rights Acquisition and Compensation


  • William N. Richards
  • Francis C. R. Price



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


This paper reviews the various interests in land which the resource industry may ac quire from the Crown and freehold owners and the right of the industry to expropriate such interests in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and under the federal legislation. There follows an analysis of the principles and methods of determining com pensation for such expropriated rights, particularly in light of recent judicial decisions. Finally the authors consider the new developments which may arise as a result of pro posals to amend the federal National Energy Board Act and the possible recommenda tions of the Select Legislative Committee on Surface Rights in AIberta.