The Surface Rights Board is a quasi-judicial tribunal that grants right of entry and assists landowners/occupants and operators resolve disputes about compensation when operators require access to private land or occupied crown land to develop subsurface resources such as oil, gas, and coal or to build and operate pipelines and power transmission lines.

Resolving Disputes
Dispute Resolution Conference

A dispute resolution conference (“DRC”) is an informal meeting between parties and facilitated by a Board Member before a hearing is scheduled. DRCs are conducted pursuant to Rules 18 and 19 of the Surface Rights Board Rules . These meetings serve several purposes:

  1. Identification of issues in dispute.
  2. Exploring how likely the parties are to settle the dispute outside of the Board.
  3. The Board Member might discuss the possibility of mediation to resolve the matter. For more information, see Mediation.
  4. If parties are unlikely to settle, the Board Member and parties will agree on a hearing date, hearing location, possible evidence and witness lists, disclosure dates and any other facts needed to prepare for a hearing.
  5. Narrowing the issues in dispute. For example, the parties might already agree on facts like effective dates, size of the land, and some portions of the compensation.
  6. For more information on the dispute resolution process, refer to the following:

                       • Overview of the Process - Outlines the procedures involved with dispute resolution conferences.

                       • Dispute Resolution Conference FAQ - Common questions asked about dispute resolution conferences.

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