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.


The company appliesexternal link icon for a scheme approval from the Alberta Energy RegulatorExternal link icon.

Public Consultation

A public hearing may be held to allow citizens to express potential concerns or support.

Impact Assessments

Environmental impact assessmentsexternal link icon, 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.