Application 1756260



APPLICATION NO. 001-320736


The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB/Board) has received Application No. 1756260 and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) has received Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-320736 (collectively the “Applications”) from Osum Oil Sands Corporation (Osum) for approval of the proposed Sepiko Kesik 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
Osum has applied to construct, operate, and reclaim an in situ oil sands project. The Project would produce up to 9540 cubic metres per day (60 000 barrels per day) of bitumen at peak production from the Grosmont Formation and the Upper Ireton Formation using a combination of cyclic steam stimulation and steam-assisted gravity drainage recovery processes. Osum will construct the Project in two phases, each with a bitumen production capacity of 4770 cubic metres per day (30 000 barrels per day). The Project would include the construction of associated facilities, thermal wells, utilities, and infrastructure. About 96 well pads and a central processing facility would be required over the Project’s expected 45-year operation. Construction is proposed to begin in first quarter (Q1) of 2015, with first production expected by the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018. The Project would be located about 90 kilometres west of Fort McMurray in Townships 85, 86, and 87, Range 18, West of the 4th Meridian.


Osum has prepared and submitted the following documents:

  • Application No. 1756260 to the ERCB, under section 10 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act, to construct and operate the proposed Project,
  • Application No. 001-320736 to ESRD, under EPEA for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the proposed Project, and
  • 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
Osum Oil Sands Corporation
Suite 1900, 255 – 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G6
Attention: Brad Braun
Telephone: 403-270-4761
Fax: 403-288-3970


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


How 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 August 8, 2013. Please quote Application No. 001-320736 (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 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.


Applications for Confidentiality
Section 13 of the Energy Resources Conservation Board (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. The Rules of Practice is available on the ERCB website under Regulations & Directives : Acts & Regulations. For the ESRD, such requests can be filed according to section 35(4) of the EPEA.


Questions of Constitutional Law
Persons who intend to raise a question of constitutional law before the ERCB must file the question within the time frames for submissions noted above. Submissions that place questions of constitutional law before the ERCB must comply with section 25 of the Rules of Practice and section 12 of the Administrative Procedures and Jurisdiction Act.


For information about ERCB procedures, contact
Oil Sands and Coal Branch, In Situ Oil Sands Group
Attention: Helen Huang
Telephone: 403-297-5934
Fax: 403-297-2474


Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on May 17, 2013.


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