Application 1747073

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) Application No. 1747073 from Grizzly Oil Sands ULC (Grizzly) for approval of its Grizzly Thickwood Thermal project (the project). The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-326948 and Water Act Files No. 00326977 and 00326978.  

A notice of application was issued by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development on May 13, 2013, setting a deadline of June 27, 2013, for filing statements of concern with respect to the EPEA application and Water Act files. No deadline was established for filing statement 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 Application
Grizzly has applied under section 10 of the OSCA and Part 2, Division 2, of EPEA for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the project. Grizzly has also applied under section 50(1) of the Water Act for a licence 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) and cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) recovery methods to produce bitumen from the Wabiskaw Formation. The project would have a maximum bitumen production capacity of 1900 cubic metres per day (12 000 barrels per day). The project would include

  • up to 48 SAGD well pairs from 4 surface pads and up to 88 CSS wells from 8 surface pads;
  • a central processing facility consisting of steam generation, bitumen and water treatment, and vapour recovery equipment; and
  • associated utilities and infrastructure.

The project would be located in Township 90, Ranges 14 and 15, West of the 4th Meridian. 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 40 years.

For a copy of the OSCA application, contact
Grizzly Oil Sands ULC
2700, 605 – 5 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3H5
Attention: Jill Dettling
Telephone: 403-930-6409

To receive a copy of the applications and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at, to

AER Order Fulfillment
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311
(toll free; option 2)

Refer to this notice when requesting 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 submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must be filed before
4:00 p.m. on March 26, 2015. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Grizzly 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 proposed 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 files has already passed.

Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) requires 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. 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 the 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 February 24, 2015.

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