Scheme Approval Process
Many commercial oil sands operations require a project scheme, which allows for larger scale production on smaller parcels of leased land rights.
applies for a scheme approval from the
Alberta Energy Regulator.
A public hearing may be held to allow citizens to express potential concerns or support.
Environmental impact assessments, water use request and socio-economic impact studies are submitted to Alberta Environment and Parks, where they are reviewed and factored into the approval process.
AER and Regulatory Approval
The AER and other regulatory bodies approve an oil sands scheme based on factors affecting lands and wells.