The OWA is unable to compensate landowners for unpaid surface lease rentals from a former operator. If surface access payments are outstanding, you can contact the Alberta Surface Rights Board by calling toll-free 310-0000, then 780-427-2444 or visiting While processing can take some time, the payments will continue until the site receives a reclamation certificate.

We make every effort to limit our work to areas covered by the previous surface lease agreement and to minimize impacts to areas outside the lease area. Should we need to use any off-lease area not covered by a former surface lease, the OWA will negotiate with landowners regarding additional compensation.