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Province preparing surface rights maps

Online maps will link to actual agreements

The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) is currently collecting surface lease, transmission line, seismic, and pipeline right-of-way agreements from landowners for the Surface Rights, Land, and Energy: Pricing Transparency Mapping Project. “There is currently no central repository where this type of information is compiled and accessible to landowners,” said Jeana Les, research and communications specialist for […] Read more

Many grazing leases are along the foothills, an area that is also popular with recreationists.

Auditor general’s report fires up grazing lease debate

The auditor general says ranchers are scooping up millions in payments 
that should go to the province, but leaseholders say that’s nonsense

A new report on Alberta’s grazing lease system by the provincial auditor general is throwing fuel on the long-simmering, controversial debate. The report estimates the province could be losing up to $25 million annually by allowing ranchers to keep compensation from energy companies when they drill or lay a pipeline. The report also says the […] Read more