A quarry lease provides a company exclusive rights to operate a pit or a quarry on Crown land. Application is made at an Energy and Resource Development District Ranger Office where it is reviewed and then forwarded to the Minerals and Petroleum Development Branch for further processing. The term of quarry leases can vary up to a maximum term of ten years. To secure a quarry lease, a company must be able to demonstrate the need for exclusive use. On approval, the lease applicant is required to submit a legal survey of the proposed site. The applicant is also required to pay an annual land rental fee and reclamation security.
Additional Requirements under a Quarry Lease
As part of a comprehensive review process, the applicant is requested to submit additional details pertaining to the development and reclamation of the proposed pit or quarry site. This information generally includes but is not limited to:
- A 1:12,500 scale or greater detail map showing topographic features, natural watercourses, public roads and highways and any surrounding or neighbouring land uses within 1000 metres of the proposed pit or quarry site.
- A map showing the proposed lease boundaries, including the size of the lease area in hectares.
- A site plan showing the following entrances to and exits from the site, location of any fences, gates or barriers, location of all facilities associated with further processing, waste water treatment or control of surface water, location of production stockpiles, waste piles, settling ponds; and location of all permanent or temporary structures on the site.
- Estimated annual production.
- Estimated employment potential.
- Proposed extraction method.
- Provisions for safety.
- Planned sequence and direction of pit development.
- Estimated investment in equipment to be utilized including that associated with drilling, blasting, loading, hauling and sizing.
- A list of commodities to be produced.
- Annual operating schedule, including daily hours of operation.
- Haulage routes to be used to transport product to customers.
- A description of the source, quantity and use of water in the extraction or beneficiation process.
Environmental Protection Plan
- A description of the method(s) used to collect, store and dispose of lubricants.
- A list of chemicals to be used on site.
- A description of the quantity, quality and mitigative processes proposed to treat any effluent being discharged into the surrounding environment.
- A detailed description and schedule of the planned procedures for the protection, reclamation and rehabilitation of the site, including, where applicable, details pertaining to: backfilling, contouring, benching, sloping, grading, fencing, screening, construction of berms and revegetation.
- A plan for ongoing reclamation.
- An estimated cost of the reclamation program.