Seismic Operations

Seismic requests are granted access to public roads in accordance with Alberta Regulation 214/98. Access is administered at the time when the Geophysical Company requests signing off of the Notice of Commencement of Seismic Operations document at the County Office. Acting under authority of Section 7 and Section 8 of the Municipal Government Act, County of Paintearth No. 18 Policy No.740 regulates seismic operations including drilling and receiving of data within the County. The purpose of County Policy No. 740 is to:
• facilitate requests for seismic activities on right of ways and county properties in a manner that protects road surfaces, right of ways and county property from damages.
• establish a mechanism to regulate, collect fees, enforce and repair damages to right of ways and county properties that may result from seismic activities.

Geophysical Companies are required to use right of ways and county properties or take action, if necessary, to repair damages to roads, right of ways, and county properties and address any associated costs. Conditions that seismic operators must adhere to are specified using the Seismic Operations Approval For Access To County Roads, Right-of-Ways and County Property Approval Form that outlines terms, conditions and applicable fees pertaining to the approval.

Geophysical Companies shall provide written notice to the County not more than 24 hours after removal of all crews and exploration equipment used in the conduct of the exploration program in accordance with Section 28 of the Exploration Regulations. Geophysical Companies must report any road, road allowance and property damage as soon as possible to the County Public Works Superintendent or his designates. Where deficiencies exist, Geophysical Companies may be permitted to repair damages or the County will repair the damage with County forces and the geophysical company shall be invoiced accordingly.

For further information contact:

Todd Pawsey, Development Officer
County of Paintearth No. 18. 
Phone: (403) 882-3321 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.