Application 1720859

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) Application No. 1720859 from Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) for approval of its Grouse In Situ Oil Sands Project (project). The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-294781, Water Act File No. 00306769, and the project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) report.

A joint notice of applications was issued by the AER and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) on May 1, 2012, setting a deadline of August 16, 2012, for filing a statement of concern with respect to the EPEA application and Water Act file. No deadline was established for filing a statement of concern regarding the OSCA application. This notice sets the deadline for filing a statement of concern with respect to the OSCA application.

Description of the Application
CNRL has applied under section 10 of OSCA and Part 2, Division 2, of EPEA for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the project. CNRL has also applied under section 50(1) of the Water Act for a license authorizing the diversion and use of water from nonsaline aquifers and the diversion of surface runoff water.

The project would use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to recover bitumen from the McMurray Formation. The project would have a maximum bitumen production capacity of 7949 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (50 000 barrels per day). The project would include

  • up to 161 SAGD well pairs from 23 surface pads;
  • a central processing facility consisting of equipment to generate steam, treat bitumen and water, and recover vapour; and
  • associated utilities and infrastructure.

The project would be located about 75 kilometres (km) northeast of the town of Lac La Biche and 47 km southwest of the hamlet of Conklin in Townships 74 and 75, Ranges 11 and 12, West of the 4th Meridian. Supporting infrastructure, including source-water wells, disposal wells, pipelines, and access roads, would be outside this area.

Clearing and lease construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015, major facility construction in the fourth quarter of 2017, and steaming in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The expected life of the project is 20 years.

For a copy of the application, contact
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
2500, 855 – 2 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4J8
Attention: Nelson Debogorski
Telephone: 403-386-5623

To view the application, EIA, and supporting documents, contact
AER Information Management Branch
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 2)
Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Alberta Government Library
44 Capital Boulevard
11th Floor, 10044 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6
Telephone: 780-427-2985
(toll free: 780-310-0000)

AER Fort McMurray Regional Office
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
Box 15, 9915 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 2K4
Telephone: 780-743-7214

Refer to this notice when making any requests for information to expedite the response.

Requirement to File a Statement of Concern
If you have concerns with the OSCA application, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER may approve the application without notifying you.   

How to File a Statement of Concern
For your statement of concern to be considered, it must be filed before 12:00 p.m. on September 26, 2014. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Canadian Natural Resources Limited at the name and address above and one copy to

Authorizations Review & Coordination Team
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Fax: 403-297-4117

Contents of a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include
a) why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the application;
b) the nature of your objection to the application;
c) the outcome of the application that you advocate;
d) the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource activity that is the subject of the application; and
e) your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and e-mail address or, if you do not have an e-mail address, your fax number.

The deadline for filing a statement of concern on the EPEA application and Water Act file has already passed.

Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) requires that all documents and information filed in a proceeding be placed on the public record. If you file a submission, you must not include any personal information that you do not want to appear on or are not authorized to put on the public record. Section 49(2) of the Rules of Practice states how to apply to the AER for an order to keep information confidential. Section 49 of the Rules of Practice is available on the AER website at

Submissions relating exclusively to compensation for land use are not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Alberta Surface Rights Board. 

Under section 21 of the Responsible Energy Development Act, the AER does not have jurisdiction to assess the adequacy of Crown consultation associated with the rights of aboriginal peoples as recognized and affirmed under the Constitution Act, 1982.

For information on AER procedures, contact
In Situ Authorizations
Attention: Ammar Baig
Telephone: 403-297-7365
Fax: 403-297-3187

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on August 26, 2014.

Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel