Application 1739105

Notice of Application
Application No. 1739105
MEG Energy Corp.
Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) Application No. 1739105 from MEG Energy Corp. (MEG) for approval of its Surmont project. The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-308611, Water Act File Nos. 001-00317202 and 001-00317315, and the environmental impact assessment (EIA).

A joint notice of application was issued by the AER and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development (ESRD) on January 30, 2013, setting a deadline of April 19, 2013, for filing statements of concern with respect to the EPEA application and Water Act files. No deadline was established for filing statements of concern with respect to the OSCA application. This notice sets the deadline for filing statements of concern with respect to the OSCA application.

Description of the Project

MEG has applied under section 10 of the OSCA, part 2, division 2, and section 66 of the EPEA for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the Surmont project and under section 50(1) of the Water Act for withdrawal of water from the Grand Rapids Formation for domestic and utility purposes during construction of the project and from the Clearwater Formation for steam generation and utility during the life of the project. The project would use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) recovery to produce bitumen from the McMurray Formation. The project would have a maximum bitumen production capacity of 19 544 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (123 000 barrels per day). The project would include

  • approximately 55 multiwell SAGD production pads;
  • a central processing facility with three processing trains consisting of steam generation, cogeneration, bitumen and water treatment; and sulphur recovery; and
  • associated facilities, utilities, and infrastructure.

The estimated life of the project would be 25 years. The project would be located in Townships 81 and 82, Range 5, West of the 4th Meridian, in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, about 80 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

For a copy of the application, contact
MEG Energy Corp.
11th Floor, 520 – 3 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R3
Attention: Kris Frederickson
Telephone: 403-212-8719
E-mail: kris.frederickson@megenergy.com

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)
E-mail: infoservices@aer.ca
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 November 1, 2014. Send one copy of your statement of concern to MEG 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
E-mail: ARCTeam@aer.ca

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 proposed 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 and Water Act application has already passed.

Confidentiality

Sections 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) require that all documents and information with the AER 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. Any request made under section 49 must be copied to the other parties to the proceeding. Section 49 of the Rules of Practice is available on the AER website at www.aer.ca.

Jurisdiction

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: Rebecca Keeler
Telephone: 403-297-4039
E-mail: rebecca.keeler@aer.ca

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on October 2, 2014.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel