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Central Mountainview Advisory Group (CMAG)

The Central Mountainview Advisory Group (CMAG) formed in April 2005 when coal bed methane activity arrived in the Olds area.

A group of landowners looking for more information met and decided to form a synergy group to work with industry and regulators (mainly the EUB) regarding ALL forms of energy activity in the area.

CMAG continues to work with both energy companies undertaking both CBM and conventional oil and gas activity in the area.

Our Mission:
Community, energy industry and regulators working to share information, promote education and develop mutually beneficial plans for all stakeholders.

Terms of Reference

CMAG Terms of reference has been passed. You may see them here



Contact Us

CMAG welcomes input for Information Night topics, Best Management Practices or other ways the group can work with energy industry and community people. For more information on CMAG, its activities or joining, please contact Paula Hall, Facilitator/Administrator, at 403-862-0019 or facilitator Wayne Notley at 403-994-0696, or e-mail

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Meetings and Events

Meeting are held in January, March, May, September, November at the Smitty's in Olds. Everyone welcome to attend.

The next meeting date is March 15, 2016 at 8:30am.

Meeting Minutes



CMAG's membership includes about 15 landowners/residents, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), Bonavista Petroleum, Plains Midstream, Pengrowth, Ember Resources, HSE Integrated, TransCanada Pipelines, AltaGas and as well Mountain View County.

CMAG welcomes everyone who is interested in joining and there is no membership fee for community members.


Location / Direction / Maps

CMAG's boundaries are Hwy 766 in the west, Mountainview County boundary in the east and south and Hwy 587 in the North. [See Map]

Our Accomplishments

CMAG's primary focus to-date has been to facilitate the development of oil and gas in the area in a way that respects the community and industry.

  • Education and the sharing of information are important to CMAG. To help bring more information to the general public, CMAG hosts public information events.
  • The group has also helped individuals work to resolve issues and concerns with industry.
  • Members have created a series of Best Management Practices to guide energy industry activity in the area. They have also created some information documents to share with the public to help clear up confusion and misunderstandings
  • In 2015, the group endeavoured to bring the community a local scholarship program 2016 will be the inaugural year for the Scholarship Program.


Spring Information Night and Community BBQ
April 14, 2016, 4pm-7pm at Mountainview County Office. Topic is TDC.

CMAG will be hosting a panel discussion on water, including representatives from the AER and Red Deer River Municipal Users Group. The panel will be followed by a BBQ dinner. Please RSVP so we can better plan for seating and food quantities.
RSVP to book your spot


CMAG hosted a successful information session on hydraulic fracturing in June 2012. Approximately 120 people took in the open house, BBQ and presentation from Mike Dawson, president of the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources. Download Presentation Here

CMAG held an information session on pipelines in November 2012 as follow up to questions from landowners and residents last spring. Speakers from the National Energy Board, Energy Resources Conservation Board and Farmer's Advocate Office spoke to approximately 50 people on pipelines. Please click on the following links to see their presentations.


CMAG's June 2013 open house and information session on Understanding Landowner Rights was a big success. About 130 people heard presentations from the Property Rights Advocate Lee Cutforth, Jill Mason of the Surface Rights Board and Carol Goodfellow of the Farmers' Advocate Office. The event also included a free BBQ and open house with CMAG member companies, the Alberta Energy Regulator, Mountainview County and others.




CMAG is thrilled to bring a scholarship to students in the Olds/Didsbury area. Deadline for September session is May 1, 2016. Apply today!

Please submit completed applications to

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