John Gruber



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Education & Qualifications

  • Alberta Bar (1991)
  • LLB (Alberta, 1990)

Services and Industries

John Gruber advises energy and utility companies, municipalities, developers and landowners on regulatory, environmental and litigation issues.

  • Lead counsel on Alberta Surface Rights Board hearings dealing with reclamation and contamination issues.
  • Counsel to natural gas producer in coalbed methane entitlement hearing.
  • Representing landowners on successful Judicial Review application on a large flood mitigation project in Alberta
  • Representing First Nations in Manitoba on matters related to large flood infrastructure project
  • Representing clients before the Alberta Energy Regulator on compulsory pooling, acid gas injection and well license transfer issues.
  • Representing energy clients before regulatory boards and the courts on issues related to the impact of Aboriginal rights on resource development
  • Representing energy clients in Alberta and British Columbia with respect to investigations under and in compliance with the federal Fisheries Act.
  • Representing energy clients with respect to oilfield incident investigations.
  • Representing energy clients on compensation assessments related to hydrocarbon spills and releases.
  • Advising clients on issues arising from resource developments on Métis settlement lands.
  • Representing landowners in Alberta Utilities Commission proceedings with respect to significant electricity infrastructure.
  • Lead counsel in a trial involving the interpretation of royalty provisions in an oil and gas lease.

John practises in the areas of municipal, Indigenous, and regulatory law, with particular focus on environmental and energy matters, including investigations with respect to field incidents.

John advises municipalities on environmental matters, specifically on flood mitigation infrastructure. His work includes advising on regulatory and permitting matters, and providing general legal advice regarding procedural and governance matters. He has drafted agreements regarding shared services between municipalities and has also represented municipalities in appeals before the Environmental Appeals Board.

John uses his knowledge of Indigenous, environmental and regulatory law to advise clients across all natural resource sectors.

John has appeared numerous times before the Energy Resources Conservation Board, Alberta Utilities Commission, Environmental Appeals Board and the Alberta Surface Rights Board. He also has significant trial and appellate advocacy experience with commercial disputes and oil and gas matters.

John has lectured at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and made presentations to various community and interest groups.

  • “Bearspaw v. Encana – The Latest Chapter in the Freehold Lease Continuation Story,” Oil and Gas Bulletin (March 2011)
  • “Energy Developments in Urban Areas: How Many Applications are Enough?”, Western Developments’ Prospects and Properties (Summer 2011)
  • “Regulatory Law,” Alberta Law Review, Vol. 44 Number 1 (April 2009)