The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) is warning landowners to watch their electricity bills if they have surface leases with insolvent companies.
EPCOR has collected payment from landowners for providing three-phase electric power to a surface lease after an oil and gas company became insolvent. The company relied on a clause in its service agreement where owners are liable when a tenant defaults. But the FAO, Utilities Consumer Advocate, and Alberta Utilities Commission all agreed that clause applies to regular tenancy relationships, not oil and gas surface leases.
Landowners who believe they have been mistakenly charged should contact the FAO.