Application 1728831

Notice of Application
Application No. 1728831
BlackPearl Resources Inc.
Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)Application No. 1728831 from BlackPearl Resources Inc. (BlackPearl) for approval of its Blackrod Commercial SAGD project. The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-301778 the project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) report.

A joint notice of application was issued by the AER and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development (ESRD) on October 18, 2012, setting a deadline of January 18, 2013, for filing statements of concern with respect to the EPEA application. No deadline was established for filing statements of concern regarding the OSCA application. This notice sets the deadline for filing statements of concern with respect to the OSCA application.

Description of the Applications

BlackPearl has applied under section 10 of the OSCA and Part 2, Division 2, of the EPEA for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the Blackrod Commercial SAGD project. The project would use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) recovery to produce bitumen from the Lower Grand Rapids Deposit. The project would have a maximum bitumen production capacity of 12 700 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (80 000 barrels per day) and would be developed over three phases. The project would include

  • horizontal SAGD well pairs from 69 surface pads;
  • a central processing facility consisting of steam generation, bitumen and water treatment, and vapour recovery equipment; and
  • associated pumping stations, pipelines, and infrastructure.

The project would be located in Townships 76 and 77, Ranges 17 and 18, West of the 4th Meridian, about 50 kilometers northwest of the hamlet of Wandering River.

BlackPearl has also submitted an EIA report. This EIA report forms part of the applications to the AER.

For a copy of the applications, contact
BlackPearl Resources Inc.
700, 444 – 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0X8
Attention: Michael Carteri
Telephone: 403-536-4695

To view the applications, 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 4:00 p.m. on September 14, 2014. Send one copy of your statement of concern to BlackPearl 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

  1. why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the application;
  2. the nature of your objection to the application;
  3. the outcome of the application that you advocate;
  4. 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
  5. 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 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

Questions of Constitutional Law

In addition to giving notice according to section 12 of the Administrative Procedures and Jurisdiction Act and schedule 2 of the Designation of Constitutional Decision Makers Regulation, you must include the following information in your submission and file it according to the dates listed under How to File a Submission if you intend to raise a question of constitutional law:

  1. the constitutional question you intend to raise,
  2. the legal argument you intend to make, and
  3. the evidence you intend to rely on in support of your legal argument.

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 Subsurface, Authorizations Branch
Attention: Tiffany Poon
Telephone: 403-355-4316
Fax: 403-297-3187

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on August 15, 2014.
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel