Application 1778538

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)Application No. 1778538 from Prosper Petroleum Ltd. (Prosper) for approval of its Rigel Oil Sands project. The AER is reviewing the application together with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-341659.

A notice of the EPEA application was issued by Prosper on behalf of the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development (ESRD) on March 11, 2014, setting a deadline of May 10, 2014, for filing statements of concern with respect to the EPEA application. At the time, no notice was issued for the OSCA application. This notice is for the OSCA application and sets the deadline for filing statements of concern with respect to the OSCA application.

Description of the Applications
Prosper has applied under section 10 of the OSCA and part 2, division 2, of the EPEA for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the Rigel Oil Sands project. The project would use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) recovery to produce bitumen from the Wabiskaw Member of the Clearwater Formation. The project would have a maximum bitumen production capacity of 1600 cubic metres per day (m3/d) (10 000 barrels per day) at peak production. The project would include

  • six well pads with eight horizontal SAGD well pairs; and
  • associated facilities, utilities, and infrastructure.

Construction would commence in late 2015, with initial production beginning in early 2017. The estimated life of the project would be 24 years. The project would be located in Section 20 and the west half of Section 21 of Township 96, Range 17, West of the 4th Meridian, about 100 kilometers northwest of the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

For a copy of the OSCA application, contact

Prosper Petroleum Ltd.
1000, 521 – 3 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3T3
Attention: Carrie Cochran
Telephone: 403-930-5302
Fax: 403-532-7644

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 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 4:00 p.m. on April 11, 2015. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Prosper 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 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 has already passed.

Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) requires that all documents and information files in a proceeding 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 Subsurface, Authorizations Branch
Attention: Amit Panwar
Telephone: 403-297-6419
Fax: 403-297-3187

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on March 12, 2015.


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