Application 1726915

NOTICE OF SCHEDULING OF HEARING
APPLICATIONS NO. 1726915, 1726923, and 1726927
COALSPUR MINES (OPERATIONS) LTD.
MCLEOD RIVER COALFIELD, HINTON AREA

On August 15, 2013, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued a notice of hearing on Applications No. 1726915, 1726923, and 1726927. The AER received submissions for the hearing and will hold a public hearing of the applications at the Crestwood Hotel, 678 Carmichael Lane, Hinton, Alberta, starting on November 25, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. All parties must be present to register at the start of the hearing.

Description of the Applications
Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. (Coalspur) has applied for approval to construct, operate, and reclaim a surface coal mine known as the Vista Coal Project. The mine would be located in portions of the following townships, all West of the 5th Meridian: Township 50, Range 23; Township 51, Range 22; Township 51, Range 23; and Township 51, Range 24. The proposed coal mine would produce 5 million tonnes of coal per year and would lie about 10 kilometres (km) east of Hinton, extending away from Hinton to the southeast for about 12 km, up to the McLeod River valley. Coalspur’s applications would amend the existing approvals for a coal mine site and processing plant in the area that have not yet been constructed.

Coalspur has prepared and submitted the following applications:
  • Application No. 1726915 under sections 13 and 21 of the Coal Conservation Act and section 5 of the Coal Conservation Rules to amend Mine Permit No. C 2011-5 to construct, operate, and reclaim a coal mine site and associated infrastructure. The amendment would expand the project area from 5003 hectares (ha) to 6092 ha to allow for a larger fines settling pond, an access road, and a conveyor from the coal processing plant to a load-out facility across Highway 16.
  • Application No. 1726923 under section 23 of the Coal Conservation Act and sections 14 and 17 of the Coal Conservation Rules to amend Coal Processing Plant Approval No. C 2011-3 to construct and operate a coal processing plant and associated infrastructure. The amendment would revise the location of the plant; add a freshwater pond, a fines settling pond, and new processing facilities; and increase production capacity of the plant to 5 million tonnes of clean coal annually.
    2 AER Notice of Scheduling of Hearing
  • Application No. 1726927 under section 11 of the Coal Conservation Act and section 8 of the Coal Conservation Rules for new coal mine licences to construct, operate, and reclaim one surface pit and three external waste dumps.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Coalspur Mines (Operations) Limited
Box 6146
Hinton, Alberta T7V 1X5
Attention: Curtis Brinker, Manager Environment and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 780-865-7955
Fax: 780-865-3316
E-mail: CBrinker@coalspur.com

To view the applications and supporting documents, contact

AER Information Product Services Section
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; press 2)
E-mail: infoservices@aer.ca
Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
AER Drayton Valley Field Centre
Box 7048
5005 – 61 Street Drayton Valley, Alberta T7A 1S3
Telephone: 780-542-5182
E-mail: draytonvalley.fieldcentre@aer.ca

To expedite your request, refer to this notice when requesting information.

For information on AER procedures, contact the application coordinator, Jennifer Koppe, by phone at 403-297-8288 or by e-mail to Jennifer.Koppe@aer.ca.


Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on October 3, 2013.

ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR

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