Application 1752450



APPLICATION NO. 001-324574

The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB/Board) has received Application No. 1752450 and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) has received Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-324574 (collectively the “Applications”) from MEG Energy Corp. (MEG Energy) for approval of the proposed HI-Q pilot plant (the Project). This notice is to advise interested parties that the Applications are available and that the ERCB, ESRD, and other government departments are now undertaking a review of the Applications.

Description of the Project
MEG Energy has applied to the ERCB and ESRD for approval to construct and operate the HI-Q pilot plant. HI-Q is a mild thermal cracking and solvent deasphalting process that converts bitumen to asphalt-free, pipeline-ready, heavy oil. The pilot plant would have a capacity to process 480 cubic metres per day of bitumen and would be operated for about three years. The pilot plant would be located about two kilometres east-southeast of Bruderheim, Alberta, on the southeast quarter of Section 34, Township 55, Range 20, West of the 4th Meridian.

MEG Energy has prepared and submitted the following:

  • Application No. 1752450 to the ERCB, pursuant to Section 11 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act, for the construction and operation of a processing plant.
  • Application No. 001-324574 to ESRD, pursuant to Part 2, Division 2 of the EPEA, for the construction, operation, and reclamation of an enhanced recovery in situ or heavy oil processing plant.

To obtain a copy of the Applications, contact
MEG Energy Corp.
11th floor, 520 – 3 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R3
Attention: Simon Geoghegan
Telephone: 403-770-0446
Fax: 403-264-1711

To view a copy of the Applications and supporting documents, contact
ERCB Information Services
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 403-297-8311 (Option 2)
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)

To File a Statement of Concern
Under Section 73 of EPEA, any person who may be directly affected by the EPEA application may submit a written statement of concern. Statements of concern under the EPEA must be submitted by March 25, 2013. Please quote Application No. 001-324574 (EPEA) when submitting a statement of concern. If no statements of concern are received, the EPEA application 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 relate only 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.

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 and Section 35(1) of the EPEA 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.

For information about ERCB procedures, please contact
Oil Sands and Coal Branch
Coal and Major Applications
Attention: Bob Germain
Telephone: 403-297-8553
Fax: 403-297-5998

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on February 11, 2013.

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