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Alberta Environment regulates aggregate pits of
private land (including municipal land) that are equal to or larger than 12.5 acres in area (Class I pits). The size calculation includes infrastructure. These pits are regulated under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Code of Practice for Pits.
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development regulates pits on public land, not including provincial parks (meaning provincial Crown land, and including the beds and shores of permanent natural water bodies). This is done through surface mineral dispositions under the Public Lands Act.
Small pits on private land are not subject to the Code of Practice, but are subject to the Guidelines for the Environmental Management of Pits.
Ridgeline is a member in good standing with the Alberta Sand & Gravel Association. We have the experience and qualifications to help operators comply with the regulations by assisting operators with their application for pit registration as per the Approvals and Registrations Procedure Regulation. Once registered, we can help develop and execute the subsequent operations plan and – in the case of closure – reclamation activities and final reclamation reporting.
Ridgeline will develop, investigate and provide the following:
Code of Practice for Pits: http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/codes/PITS.PDF
Public land: http://aep.alberta.ca/lands-forests/land-management/documents/GuidelineSurfaceDispositionsPublicLand.pdf
Alberta Sand & Gravel Association: http://asga.ab.ca/membership.asp