Application 1739105



APPLICATION NO. 001-308611
WATER ACT FILES NO. 001-00317315 and 001-00317202

The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB/Board) has received Application No. 1739105 and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) has received Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-308611 and Water Act Files No. 001-00317315 and 001-00317202 (collectively the “Applications”) from MEG Energy Corp. (MEG) for approval of the proposed Surmont Project (the Project). This notice is to advise interested parties that the Applications are available for viewing and that the ERCB, ESRD, and other government departments are now undertaking a review of the Applications and associated environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Description of the Project
MEG is a publicly traded company in Calgary, Alberta, focused on sustainable in situ oil sands development and production in the southern Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta. MEG is proposing to develop the Project in Townships 81 and 82, Range 5, West of the 4th Meridian, within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, about 80 kilometres south of Fort McMurray.

The Project will use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) bitumen recovery technology targeting the McMurray Formation and will be designed and built to produce approximately 123 000 barrels per day (19 544 m3/d) of bitumen. Over the expected 25-year life of the Project, development would include a central processing facility (CPF) with three processing trains, approximately 55 multiwell SAGD production pads, and ancillary infrastructure. The main components of the CPF would include water treatment and recycling, steam generation, cogeneration, bitumen treating, and sulphur recovery.

MEG Energy Corp. has prepared and submitted the following:

  • Application No. 1739105 to the ERCB, under Section 13 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act, to construct, operate, and reclaim a new commercial in situ oil sands project.
  • Application No. 001-308611 to ESRD, under Part 2, Division 2, and Section 66 of the EPEA, to construct, operate, and reclaim an enhanced recovery in situ oil sands processing plant and oil production site.
  • An application consisting of Files No. 001-00317315 and 001-00317202 to ESRD, pursuant to Section 50(1) of the Water Act, for the following:
  • File No. 001-00317315
    The withdrawal of 745 695 m3 of groundwater annually from the Clearwater Formation for steam generation and utility purposes for the Surmont Project. Groundwater would be sourced from 12 wells to be drilled at SE-26-081-05-W4, SW-36-081-05-W4, NW-25-081-05-W4, SE-21-081-05-W4, NW-22-081-05-W4, NW-01-081-05-W4, NW-36-081-05-W4, NE-25-081-05-W4, SE-22-081-05-W4, SE-36-081-05-W4, NW-26-081-05-W4, and NE-36-081-05-W4.
  • File No. 001-00317202
    The withdrawal of 282 875 cubic metres (m3) of groundwater annually from the Grand Rapids Formation for domestic and utility purposes during construction of the CPF for the Surmont Project. During operations, groundwater volume requirements would decrease to 27 375 m3 of groundwater annually. Groundwater would be sourced from two wells to be drilled at NE-16-081-05-W4 and SE-21-081-05-W4.
  • An EIA report associated with the above applications. The EIA forms part of the application to the ERCB.

To obtain a copy of the Applications, contact
MEG Energy Corp
11th Floor, 520 – 3 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R3
Attention: Kris Frederickson
Telephone: 403-212-8719

To view a copy of the Applications, EIA, and supporting documents, contact
ERCB Information Services
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 403-297-8311 (Option 2)
(toll free: 1-855-297-8311)
Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Alberta Government Library
Great West Life Building
6th Floor, 9920 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2M4
Telephone: 780-427-5828
(toll free: 780-310-0000)

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

Copies of the Applications are also available for viewing at
Anzac Municipal Office
105B – 1 Christina Drive
Anzac, Alberta T0P 1J0 

Janvier Municipal Office
110 Janvier Drive
Chard, Alberta T0P 1G0 

How to File a Statement of Concern
Under Section 73 of EPEA and Section 109 of the Water Act, any person who may be directly affected by the EPEA application or the Water Act application may submit a written statement of concern. Statements of concern under the EPEA and Water Act must be submitted by April 19, 2013. Please quote Application No. 001-308611 (EPEA) or Files No. 001-00317315 and 001-00317202 (Water Act) when submitting a statement of concern. If no statements of concern are received, the EPEA and Water Act applications may be approved without further notice. Failure to file a statement of concern may affect the right to file a Notice of Appeal with the Environmental Appeals Board. Please submit statements of concern to

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Regulatory Approvals Centre
Main floor, Oxbridge Place
9820 – 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2J6
Attention: Director, Northern Region
Telephone: 780-427-6311
Fax: 780-422-0154

The ERCB also receives and reviews statements of concern sent to ESRD. Once reviewed, the ERCB may register a statement of concern as an objection to the ERCB application for the Project, depending on the nature of the concerns expressed and further correspondence with the concerned party. Any interested party can file a separate objection with the ERCB if its concerns with the Project only relate to the ERCB application. The filing deadline stated above does not apply to objections to be filed with the ERCB, unless stated otherwise in a notice or other direction of the ERCB.

Contents of a Submission or Statement of Concern
Submissions or statements of concern filed in connection with the Applications should indicate:

(a)  the right or rights of the person that may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the Board on the proposed application;
(b)  the manner in which the right(s) may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the Board on the Application;
(c)  the location of the land, residence or activity of the person in relation to the location of the project that forms the subject of the Applications; and
(d)  the name, address in Alberta, telephone number, fax number, if any, and if available, an e-mail address of the person.

Questions of Constitutional Law
Persons who intend to raise a question of constitutional law before the ERCB must file the question within the timeframes for submissions noted above. Submissions that place questions of constitutional law before the ERCB must comply with Section 25 of the Energy Resources Conservation Board Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) and Section 12 of the Administrative Procedures and Jurisdiction Act.

Applications for Confidentiality
Section 13 of the Rules of Practice, Section 35(1) of the EPEA, and Section 15(1) of the Water Act (Ministerial) Regulation require that all documents filed in respect of this proceeding must be placed on the public record. However, any party may apply for confidentiality of information. For the ERCB, any application under Section 13(2) that is to be considered during a public hearing of the application must be copied to the other parties to the proceeding. Any application seeking confidentiality under Section 13 of the Rules of Practice must include the reasons for the request, including the specific harm that would result if the information were placed on the public record. The Board may grant a request for confidentiality on any terms it considers appropriate, subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Section 13 of the Rules of Practice is available on the ERCB website at Rules of Practice.  For the purposes of ESRD, such requests can be filed according to Section 35(4) of the EPEA and Section 15(4) of the Water Act (Ministerial) Regulation.

For information about ERCB procedures, please contact
Oil Sands Branch, In Situ Oil Sands
Attention: Jon Keeler
Telephone: 403-297-4150
Fax: 403-297-2474

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on January 30, 2013.

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