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Licences to develop oil and gas resources are leases to develop a specific resource at a certain depth of land (the word "sale" in "Crown Land Sales" is used by tradition). Underground land is divided into sections of varying depths which are each leased separately. As a consequence, a one hectare farm could be sitting overtop of 4 or 5 hectares of leased land, because each hectare represents a different depth from the surface. 

Because land is divided by depth, and because leased land could potentially be auctioned more than once (if the original owner were to lose the rights), the cumulative number of land sales is actually greater than the total land area of Alberta.

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Year  Annual Conventional Crown Land Sales
hectares
Annual Oil Sands Crown Land Sales
hectares
Total Annual Crown Land Sales
hectares
Cumulative Conventional Crown Land Sales
hectares
Cumulative Oil Sands Crown Land Sales
hectares
Cumulative Total Crown Land Sales
hectares
 
 
1955      1,426,848        1,426,848   
1956      1,288,635        2,715,483   
1957      2,557,177        5,272,660   
1958      3,210,574        8,483,234   
1959      3,725,209        12,208,443   
1960      3,165,306        15,373,749   
1961      3,578,026        18,951,775   
1962      3,295,154        22,246,929   
1963      3,625,860        25,872,789   
1964      4,050,062        29,922,851   
1965      3,287,064        33,209,915   
1966      3,211,734        36,421,649   
1967      3,609,515        40,031,164   
1968      3,259,498        43,290,662   
1969      3,121,646        46,412,308   
1970      2,640,081        49,052,389   
1971      4,928,307        53,980,696   
1972      4,445,324        58,426,020   
1973      3,273,933        61,699,953   
1974      1,797,868        63,497,821   
1975      2,025,379        65,523,200   
1976      1,832,739        67,355,939   
1977      2,092,194        69,448,133   
1978      1,595,835        71,043,968   
1979      2,038,527        73,082,495   
1980      2,473,684        75,556,179   
1981      1,581,237        77,137,416   
1982      1,111,783        78,249,199   
1983      1,214,041        79,463,240   
1984      1,870,963        81,334,203   
1985      2,740,802        84,075,005   
1986      1,899,779        85,974,784   
1987      2,274,942        88,249,726   
1988      2,630,286        90,880,012   
1989      2,263,664        93,143,676   
19902,410,126     2,410,126  2,410,126     95,553,802   
19912,217,421     2,217,421  4,627,547     97,771,223   
19921,714,929     1,765,598  6,342,476     99,536,821   
19932,969,132     2,969,132  9,311,608     102,505,953   
19944,671,996  66,883  4,738,879  13,983,604  117,552  107,244,832   
19954,269,302  99,168  4,368,470  18,252,906  216,720  111,613,302   
19964,566,956  115,812  4,682,768  22,819,862  332,532  116,296,070   
19974,783,512  366,329  5,149,841  27,603,374  698,861  121,445,911   
19982,838,182  176,454  3,014,636  30,441,556  875,315  124,460,547   
19992,796,398  199,766  2,996,164  33,237,954  1,075,081  127,456,711   
20003,663,472  186,992  3,850,464  36,901,427  1,262,072  131,307,175   
20013,673,644  234,525  3,908,169  40,575,070  1,496,598  135,215,344   
20022,607,258  168,576  2,775,834  43,182,328  1,665,174  137,991,178   
20033,085,727  64,351  3,150,078  46,268,055  1,729,525  141,141,256   
20042,823,964  299,198  3,123,162  49,092,019  2,028,723  144,264,418   
20052,888,212  355,308  3,243,520  51,980,232  2,384,031  147,507,938   
20062,692,911  1,542,473  4,235,384  54,673,142  3,926,504  151,743,322   
20071,871,920  1,134,481  3,006,401  56,545,062  5,060,985  154,749,723   
20082,023,536  1,660,094  3,683,630  58,568,598  6,721,079  158,433,353   
20091,740,609  101,449  1,842,058  60,309,207  6,822,528  160,275,411   
20103,853,300  130,322  3,983,622  64,162,507  6,952,850  164,259,033   
20114,109,574  497,379  4,606,953  68,272,081  7,450,229  168,865,986   
20123,083,176  78,579  3,161,755  71,355,257  7,528,808  172,027,741   
20132,144,317  146,814  2,291,131  73,494,574  7,675,622  174,318,872   
20141,058,414  31,039     74,552,988  7,706,661      
 

References and Related Online Materials

Annual Conventional Crown Land Sales:

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. (2008). Crown Land Sales Western Canada and Canada Lands (Tables 1.01 b & c). CAPP Statistical Handbook (2009 data). http://www.capp.ca/library/statistics/handbook/ (accessed May 26, 2010).

Annual Oil Sands Crown Land Sales:

See reference for "Annual Conventional Crown Land Sales."

Total Annual Crown Land Sales:See reference for "Annual Conventional Crown Land Sales."
Calculated by adding total conventional crown land sales to total oil sands crown land sales.
Cumulative Conventional Crown Land Sales:

Calculated from Annual Conventional Crown Land Sales

Cumulative Oil Sands Crown Land Sales:

Calculated from Annual Oil Sands Crown Land Sales

Cumulative Total Crown Land Sales:

Calculated from Annual Total Crown Land Sales