Frequently Asked Questions about EAP
Enhanced Approval Process FAQs – July 6, 2012
What changes have been made in the July 16, 2012 update of the Integrated Standards and Guidelines (IS&G)?
- There are many changes to the IS&G. For a complete list, see the “revision history” portion of the new IS&G.
- The four previous documents (Pre-Application Requirements and Information; Approval Standards; Operating Conditions; Best
Management Practices) have been integrated into one document.
- The intent of some of the approval standards was clarified focusing them on single-well bores. Multi-well bores for these
approval standards will need to follow the non-standard process.
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The questions and answers provided in previous updates is provided here. The answers to these questions may no longer be
valid due to changes in the EAP and associated business rules.
Will my EAP application be rejected if the incidental activity areas identified in my application plan package are larger
than the Temporary Field Authorization (TFA) Guideline sizing limits?
- Applicants must be aware of the allowable incidental activity limits, and attest that the information is correct when
they submit their disposition application. The schedules were modified to more clearly enable applicants to make this determination.
- Incidental activities and temporary uses shown on the authorized plan must comply with the Temporary Field Authorization
Guidelines as amended from time to time. Incidental activities and temporary uses shown on the authorized plan which
comply with the Temporary Field Authorization Guidelines shall be permitted during the term of this Short Term
Licence of Occupation. This authorization is limited to: borrow pits, log decks, temporary work spaces, push outs and bank
stabilization within identified sizing limits. The disposition holder must obtain a separate Temporary Field Authorization
before commencing any incidental activities or temporary uses which are not shown on the authorized plan or which do not
comply with the Temporary Field Authorization Guidelines.
What can applicants do to ensure application correctness?
- Applicants should review all of SRD's plan requirements by reviewing the documents on the Plan Information webpage at
srd.alberta.ca. In particular applicants should ensure that the land list information
provided on the plan and application forms match.
- Applicants should ensure correctness of consent documentation by checking all consent documentation for correct LAT numbers
(same as the LAT report being attached to an application), and by ensuring that the consent documentation being submitted
has been signed by the consenting party.
- Applicants should ensure FNC documentation correctness by checking for matching land locations and confirm that the documentation
has been signed.
- Applicants should ensure LAT report correctness by checking that all references to the LAT report number in the application
and attachments match the LAT report number being applied with.
What is considered upstream oil and gas versus downstream?
Upstream oil and gas activities include:
- oil and gas extraction sites
- pipelines that transport raw or crude oil and gas from an extraction site to a processing facility
- pipeline installations tied to pipelines that transport raw or crude oil and gas from an extraction site
- access roads for these extraction sites and upstream pipelines
- access roads for extraction sites
Downstream oil and gas activities include:
- processing facilities
- pipelines that transport from processing facilities
- pipeline installations tied to pipelines that transport processed oil and gas
Is EAP training available?
Specific industry-oriented hands-on training is not available through the Government of Alberta. Some colleges or other
vendors may provide EAP training. However, an online training module, manuals, guides, and other information for clients
to support self-education and self-training is available on EAP web pages.
What is the role of Land Agents in the EAP?
As all land agents are used in different ways by companies, these roles need to be clarified by the company to their agents.
The oil and gas company is responsible and accountable for approval and operational compliance. Land agents should ask their
clients for direction.
Is it possible to file a non-standard application based on outstanding concerns and/or issues with First Nation consultation?
No application submission will be accepted through the EAP without completed First Nation consultation requirements.
When will a Caribou Protection Plan be required?
A Caribou Protection Plan (CPP) will not be required for the dispositions issued through the EAP. The Integrated Standards
and Guidelines have incorporated the requirements of the CPP into the approval standards and operating conditions.
What are the current survey standards?
Plans must follow the Digital Plan Submission Standards and Procedures document.
What needs to be attached for FMA consent?
Where consent is required, a letter or form reflecting the LAT Report Number and signed by the FMA holder indicating that
they consent to withdrawal of the specified lands from the FMA must be attached. For more information please refer to the
Where can I access the forms that I need for the EAP?
Are renewals and amendments to dispositions approved on or before August 31, 2010 part of the EAP?
- Dispositions approved before September 1, 2010 will be renewed and/or amended using the SRD processes in existence prior
to September 1, 2010.
How does industry apply for temporary use?
In an EAP application, a company that includes certain incidental activities on their application plan will gain authorization
for the incidental activities included for the term of the short-term disposition. This encourages upfront planning. If
temporary uses are not included in the EAP application plan, companies may still apply for a Temporary Field Authorization
(TFA) under the current process as defined in the TFA Manual. The types of incidental activities that can be used on a short-term
disposition application, and restrictions for these incidental activities are identified in the TFA Manual.
How do I get set up on the system to access the EAP?
To get access to the Electronic Dispositions System, the Landscape Analysis Tool, and the Plan Confirmation Service follow
the directions at:
Can industry download data (e.g. wildlife referral maps) from the LAT to use in planning?
Currently it is not possible to download data from the LAT. However, key wildlife data layers are available by searching
"Wildlife Sensitivity Maps" at srd.alberta.ca.
Introduction to the Enhanced Approval Process (EAP)
Why was this new process developed?
It is part of Sustainable Resource Development’s (SRD) mandate to ensure sustainable resource development on public lands
and enhance Alberta’s economic competitiveness. SRD is working with its partner ministries to streamline the regulatory
framework for the upstream oil and gas sector. This means reducing red tape, sharing information and making it easier for
Albertans and investors to work with government.
To support competitiveness, SRD streamlined disposition applications, standardized guidelines and improved the timing and
effectiveness of land-use decisions. This will enable SRD staff to focus efforts on the compliance assurance and the performance
monitoring functions at all levels.
What are the benefits of the Enhanced Approval Process (EAP)?
The EAP creates a timely, more consistent and cost-effective disposition application planning and review process for industry
and government. The EAP will:
- Provide up-front planning tools that identify landscape sensitivities
- Provide consistent standards, conditions, requirements, information and guidelines for industrial activity planning and
- Streamline approval processes and systems
- Shift SRD focus to compliance assurance
Who was involved in developing the EAP?
Sustainable Resource Development’s (SRD) and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) co-sponsored the project.
How does the EAP differ from the existing process?
New and enhanced tools and processes will improve efficiency, consistency and certainty in our approval process.
- Web-based geospatial planning tools such as the Landscape Analysis Tool
- Integrated Standards and Guidelines (IS&G)
- Standard vs. non-standard application processing
- Compliance assurance and performance focus for field staff
How does the EAP streamline disposition applications?
Industry will submit disposition applications electronically. The system will route applications through a "standard" or
“non-standard” route for a more consistent, transparent, clear, and timely review process for government and industry.
When did the EAP take effect?
The EAP took effect September 1, 2010.
What is the difference between standard and non-standard applications?
Standard applications are those where all risks to landscape sensitivities will be mitigated to SRD’s Approval Standards
as outlined on a valid LAT Report being submitted with an application.
Non-standard applications will be subject to an additional step – the field referral. Non-standard applications are those
where industry chooses not to meet all SRD Approval Standards outlined on a valid LAT Report being submitted with an application.
Standard and non-standard application submissions will be subject to electronic validation and administrative and technical
How will the new dispositions meet the environmental objectives?
Integrated Standards and Guidelines (IS&G) have been sanctioned by SRD. As a part of the IS&G, approval standards and operating
conditions specific to the LAT report form the basis of the approval of dispositions. They ensure measurability and link
to environmental and other outcomes for associated landscape values. This measurability supports SRD in the compliance assurance
How is Integrated Land Management (ILM) affected?
The EAP incorporates key ILM principles, ensuring that activities on the landscape consider other values, use mitigation
strategies, support stewardship through monitoring and reporting, and use a knowledge and science-based approach.
Integrated Land Management (ILM) will continue to provide a strategic, planned approach to the way we use land and resources.
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Updated: July 13, 2012