Approved Resource Extraction Pits

Sturgeon County’s approach to resource extraction balances the economic benefits of sand and gravel (aggregate) extraction with the need to protect the environment and residents’ quality of life.

Sil Industrial Minerals – Pit 42 [Inactive]
  • Location: NW & NE 6-57-20-W4
  • Operator: Sil Industrial Minerals
  • Years active: Since 1995
  • Permit renewal date: November 28, 2024
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: Weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with two waterbodies (21.4 hectares and 16.9 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Ron Dorton
    780-497-7309
    feedback@sil.ab.ca
Sil Industrial Minerals – Pit 46 [Active]
  • Location: SW 8-57-20-W4
  • Operator: Sil Industrial Minerals
  • Years active: Since 1984
  • Permit renewal date: March 17, 2025
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with four waterbodies (43.97 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Ron Dorton
    780-497-7309
    feedback@sil.ab.ca
Sil Industrial Minerals – Pit 51 [Reclaiming]
  • Location: NW & NE 6-57-20-W4
  • Operator: Sil Industrial Minerals
  • Years active: Since 1995
  • Permit renewal date: November 28, 2024
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: Weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with two waterbodies (21.4 hectares and 16.9 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Ron Dorton
    780-497-7309
    feedback@sil.ab.ca
Sil Industrial Minerals – Pit 54 [Reclaiming]
  • Location: NW 1-57-21-W4
  • Operator: Sil Industrial Minerals
  • Years active: Since 2015
  • Permit renewal date: June 18, 2024
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Hauling: Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
  • Haul route: N/A
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use
  • Contact:
    Ron Dorton
    780-497-7309
    feedback@sil.ab.ca
Yellowhead Aggregates – Friesen Pit [Reclaiming]
  • Location: 54207 Range Road 264 (part of SW 16-54-26-W4)
  • Operator: Yellowhead Aggregates
  • Years active: Since 1996
  • Permit renewal date: N/A; this is a legal non-conforming operation
  • Haul route: Range Road 264 to Highway 633
  • Reclamation plan: N/A
  • Contact:
    Patrick Kluczny
    780-577-5548
    feedback@yellowheadaggregate.ca

The Villeneuve Friesen Pit is considered a “non-conforming use” as per section 643 of the Municipal Government Act. This means the operation complies with the rules and regulations in place when it was started. The operation may continue to operate in its current capacity. For this pit, stockpiles can be sold off and reclamation can occur; however, aggregate material cannot be brought on-site. Note: a non-conforming use cannot be expanded upon or have any new buildings constructed on the parcel without coming into compliance with the current Land Use Bylaw.

Heidelberg Materials – Pit 43 Schafers [Active]
  • Location: NW 24-54-27-W4 and N 23-54-27-W4
  • Operator: Heidelberg Materials
  • Years active: Since 1999
  • Permit renewal date: August 24, 2024
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Reclamation plan: N/A
  • Contact:
    Dale Soetaert
    780-423-6307
    dale.soetaert@heidelbertmaterials.com
Heidelberg Materials – Pit QEA Zone 2 and 4 [Active]
  • Location: SE 28-54-27-W4 and N Pt. SW/SE 27-54-27-W4
  • Operator: Heidelberg Materials
  • Years active: Since 2010
  • Permit renewal date: May 19, 2028
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Secondary processing: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Haul route: Township Road 544 east to processing plant
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with two waterbodies (36.18 hectares and 0.5 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Dale Soetaert
    780-423-6307
    dale.soetaert@heidelbertmaterials.com
Heidelberg Materials – Pit 46 [Active]
  • Location: N ½ NW 25-54-27-W4, NE 26-54-27-W4, E ½ NW & SW 26-54-27-W4
  • Operator: Heidelberg Materials
  • Years active: Since 2006
  • Permit renewal date: Application in review
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Secondary processing: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Haul route: Range Road 271 south to Township Road 544 east to processing plant
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with four waterbodies (7.17 hectares, 1.49 hectares, 0.49 hectares and 2.76 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Dale Soetaert
    780-423-6307
    dale.soetaert@heidelbertmaterials.com
Heidelberg Materials – Pit 41 [Inactive]

The pit is currently inactive of mining other than the use of the water ponds for which a Water Act approval has been issued.

  • Location: SW 29-54-26-W4 and NW 29-54-26-W4
  • Operator: Heidelberg Materials
  • Years active: Since 1978
  • Permit renewal date: January 1, 2021
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Haul route: Across Township Road 544
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with four waterbodies (2.55 hectares, 0.87 hectares, 2.43 hectares, and 0.77 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Dale Soetaert
    780-423-6307
    dale.soetaert@heidelbertmaterials.com
Heidelberg Materials – Pit 45 [Active]
  • Location: NE and Pt. SE-19-24-26-W4, NW and SW-20-54-26-W4, Pt. NE 20-54-6-W4, SE 20-54-26-4, and Pt. SW 21-54-26-W4 
  • Operator: Heidelberg Materials
  • Years active: Since 1973
  • Permit renewal date: November 6, 2024
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Secondary processing: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Haul route: Internal
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with five waterbodies (0.92 hectares, 2.26 hectares, 0.35 hectares, 2.15 hectares and 2.72 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Dale Soetaert
    780-423-6307
    dale.soetaert@heidelbertmaterials.com
Heidelberg Materials – Youngson Gay [Active]
  • Location: S ½ SW and S ½ SE 27-54-27-W4 
  • Operator: Heidelberg Materials
  • Years active:
  • Permit renewal date: March 14, 2027
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Haul route: Township Road 544 east to processing plant
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use and waterbody extending from N Pt. SW-27-54-27-W4
  • Contact:
    Dale Soetaert
    780-423-6307
    dale.soetaert@heidelbertmaterials.com
Heidelberg Materials – SE 16 [Active]
  • Location: SE 16-54-26-W4
  • Operator: Heidelberg Materials
  • Years active: Since 2018
  • Permit renewal date: July 14, 2028
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Haul route: Internally via Lafarge Canada Inc. pit and north on Range Road 264 to processing plant
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with one waterbody (1.7 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Dale Soetaert
    780-423-6307
    dale.soetaert@heidelbertmaterials.com
Lafarge Canada Inc. – Flynn Saligo [Active]
  • Location: NE and SE 17-54-26-W4
  • Operator: Lafarge Canada Inc.
  • Years active: Since 2003
  • Permit renewal date: November 8, 2026
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Secondary processing: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Haul route: Range Road 264 south to Highway 633
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with two waterbodies (0.6 hectares and 1.5 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Brock Helm
    780-423-6152
    brock.helm@lafarge.com
Lafarge Canada Inc. – Belanger Pit [Inactive]

Mining has yet to occur at this location.

  • Location: NW 9-54-26-W4 
  • Operator: Lafarge Canada Inc.
  • Years active: Rezoned in 2009
  • Permit renewal date: N/A
  • Contact:
    Brock Helm
    780-423-6152
    brock.helm@lafarge.com
Lafarge Canada Inc. – Villeneuve and Friesen [Active]
  • Location: NW 16-54-26-W4 and N Pt SW 16-54-26-W4
  • Operator: Lafarge Canada Inc.
  • Years active: Since 1971
  • Permit renewal date: N/A; this is a legal non-conforming operation
  • Haul route: Internal via Heidelberg Materials pit and south on Range Road 264 to Highway 633
  • Contact:
    Brock Helm
    780-423-6152
    brock.helm@lafarge.com

This pit is considered a “non-conforming use” as per section 643 of the Municipal Government Act. This means the operation complies with the rules and regulations in place when it was started. The operation may continue to operate in its current capacity. Note: a non-conforming use cannot be expanded upon or have any new buildings constructed on the parcel without coming into compliance with the current Land Use Bylaw.

Lafarge Canada Inc. – QEA Zone 3 and 5 [Active]
  • Location: NW and NE-27-54-27-W4 
  • Operator: Lafarge Canada Inc.
  • Years active: Since 2011
  • Permit renewal date: January 5, 2029
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Secondary processing: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: Weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Haul route: Township Road 544A southeast to Township Road 544 east to Highway 44
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with one waterbody (25.79 hectares)
  • Information updates: The operator must share information on a semi-regular basis via mail to all landowners within 1.6 kilometres of the operation and adjacent to the haul routes. This communication will provide information about quarterly monitoring or reporting results and any changes that may impact surrounding landowners.
  • Contact:
    Brock Helm
    780-423-6152
    brock.helm@lafarge.com
Lafarge Canada Inc. – Borle [Active]
  • Location: Pt SW and NW 25-54-27-W4 
  • Operator: Lafarge Canada Inc.
  • Years active: Since 1990
  • Permit renewal date: July 8, 2026
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Secondary processing: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Haul route: Range Road 544 east to Highway 44
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use
  • Contact:
    Brock Helm
    780-423-6152
    brock.helm@lafarge.com
Lafarge Canada Inc. – Stollery [Active]
  • Location: NE 24-54-27-W4 and SE 25-54-27-W4
  • Operator: Lafarge Canada Inc.
  • Years active: Since 1990
  • Permit renewal date: July 8, 2026
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Secondary processing: 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Hauling: daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Haul route: Range Road 544 east to Highway 44
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use with three waterbodies (20.01 hectares, 0.48 hectares and 5.84 hectares)
  • Contact:
    Brock Helm
    780-423-6152
    brock.helm@lafarge.com
Sturgeon County – Villeneuve Pit [Active]
  • Location: 54124 Range Road 272 (NE-10-54-27-W4M)
  • Operator: Sturgeon County
  • Years active: Since 2009
  • Permit renewal date: N/A – Direct Control District
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. five days per week
    • Secondary processing: from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. five days per week
    • Hauling: from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. five days per week
  • Haul route: Range Road 272 to Highway 633
  • Reclamation plan: Agricultural use
  • Contact:
    Sturgeon County
    780-939-4321
Belair Sand & Gravel – Range Road 222 [Active]
  • Location: 55402 Range Road 222 9Part of SE-27-55-22-W4M, Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 0424949)
  • Operator: Belair Sand and Gravel
  • Years active: Since 1965
  • Permit renewal date: N/A; this is a legal non-conforming operation
  • Contact: N/A

This pit is considered a “non-conforming use” as per section 643 of the Municipal Government Act. This means the operation complies with the rules and regulations in place when it was started. The operation may continue to operate in its current capacity. Note: a non-conforming use cannot be expanded upon or have any new buildings constructed on the parcel without coming into compliance with the current Land Use Bylaw.

Verbeek Sand and Gravel – Pit 27117 SH 633 [Inactive]
  • Location: NW-11-54-27-W4M
  • Operator: Verbeek Sane and Gravel
  • Years active: Since before 1997
  • Permit renewal date: N/A — no sand and gravel operations are currently approved in this location
  • Reclamation plan: N/A
  • Contact: N/A

This pit is zoned as RE-Resource Extraction. No sand and gravel operations are currently approved in this location.  

Shane Schafers – Class II [Inactive]
  • Location: Pt NE 11-54-27-W4
  • Operator: Shane Schafers
  • Years active: Since 2004
  • Permit renewal date: expired February 11, 2020
  • Hours of operation
    • Extraction: 12 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Haul route: N/A
  • Reclamation plan: N/A
  • Contact: N/A

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