Application 1780908

Notice of Application
Alberta Energy Regulator
Application No. 1780908

Notice of Application
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
Application No. 002-00228044
Water Act File No. 00228047

Total E&P Canada Ltd.
Joslyn North Mine Project Modifications

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Application No. 1780908 and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) has received Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No.002-00228044 and Water Act File No. 00228047 (collectively the applications) from Total E&P Canada Ltd. (TEPCA) for approval of the proposed Joslyn North Mine Project Modifications. The AER, ESRD, and other government departments are reviewing the application.

Description of the Project

TEPCA has applied to increase the mine pit size at the Joslyn North Mine Project, increase production to 157 000 bbls/day, increase the size of the project area, dispose of additional associated overburden and tailings, and amend the closure, conservation, and reclamation plan. The modified project would be located in Townships 94, 95, and 96, Ranges 11, 12, and 13 West of the 4th Meridian about 55 kilometres northwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

TEPCA has prepared and submitted the following documents:

  • Application No. 1780908 to the AER, under sections 10, 11, and 13 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act to obtain approval to increase the mine pit size, increase production to 157 000 bbls/day, increase the size of the project area, and dispose of additional associated overburden and tailings.
  • Application No. 002-288044 to ESRD, under part 2, division 2 of the EPEA, to construct, operate, and reclaim the modified Joslyn North oil sands processing plant and associated mine (Leases 24, 452, and 799).
  • An application (File No. 00228047) to ESRD, under section 36 of the Water Act for authorization to conduct water management activities associated with the increased project area, and under section 49 of the Water Act for authorization to divert 720 000 cubic metres of surface runoff annually and 580 000 cubic metres of groundwater annually within the project boundaries as well as divert 26 500 000 cubic metres of water annually from the Athabasca River at an intake structure that would be located at the northeast quarter of Section 26, Township 95, Range 11, West of the 4th Meridian.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Total E&P Canada Ltd.
2900, 240 – 4th Ave. SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 4H4
Attention: Geoff Chow
Telephone: 403-536-3567
E-mail: geoff.chow@total.com

To view the applications and supporting documents, contact

AER Information Product Services Section
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311
(toll free; press 2)
E-mail: infoservices@aer.ca
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)

AER 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 with ESRD

Under Section 73 of EPEA and section 109 of the Water Act, any person who may be directly affected by the EPEA application or the Water Act application may submita written statement of concern. Statements of concern must be submitted by May 30, 2014. Quote Application No. 002-228044 (EPEA) or File No. 00228047 (Water Act) when submitting a statement of concern.

If no statements of concern are received, the EPEA and Water Act applications 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.

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

How to File a Statement of Concern with the AER

For your statement of concern to be considered, it must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on the filing date below.

May 30, 2014 Final date to file a statement of concern.

Send one copy of your statement of concern to TEPCA at the name and address above and one copy to
Authorizations Review and Coordination Team
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
E-mail:  ARCTeam@aer.ca

Your statement of concern must include

  1. why you believe you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the application(s);
  2. the nature of your objection to the application(s);
  3. the outcome of the application you advocate;
  4. the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource that is the subject of the proposed application; and
  5. your contact information including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, e-mail address or, if you do not have an email address, your fax number.

The AER may also receive and review submissions sent to ESRD.

If the AER does not receive any statements of concern from persons who may be directly and adversely affected by the AER’s decision on the application, the AER may continue to process the application and may approve it without further notice or without a hearing.

Confidentiality

Section 49 of the Rules of Practice, section 35(1) of EPEA, and section 15(1) of the Water Act (Ministerial) Regulation require that all documents and information filed 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. For the purposes of the ESRD, such requests can be filed according to section 35(4) of the EPEA and section 15(4) of the Water (Ministerial) Regulation.

Questions of Constitutional Law

In addition to giving notice according to section 12 of the Administrative Procedures and Jurisdiction Act and schedule 2 of the Designation of Constitutional Decision Makers Regulation, you must include the following information in your submission if you intend to raise a question of constitutional law:

  1. the constitutional question you intend to raise
  2. the legal argument you intend to make
  3. the evidence you intend to rely on in support of your legal argument

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.

For information on AER procedures, contact
Oil Sands Mining Authorizations
Attention: Amanda Black
Telephone: 780-743-7473
E-mail: amanda.black@aer.ca

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on March 31, 2014.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel