Application 1800069

Notice of Application
Applications No. 1800069 and 009-48263
ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp.
Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)Application No. 1800069 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 009-48263 from ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp. (ConocoPhillips) for approval of its Surmont 3 project. The AER is reviewing the applications and the associated environmental impact assessment (EIA) report.

This notice also sets out the deadline for filing statements of concern on both of the applications.

Description of the Applications

ConocoPhillips has applied under section 13 of the OSCA and Part 2, Division 2, of EPEA to construct, operate, and reclaim the Surmont 3 project. The Surmont 3 project would recover 19 853 cubic metres (m3) per calendar day (124 900 barrels per calendar day) of bitumen from the McMurray Formation using steam-assisted gravity drainage technology. The Surmont 3 project would consist of three tranches, each with a 6618 m3 per calendar day (41 600 barrels per calendar day) standalone central processing facility. The project would also include the construction of associated facilities, thermal injection wells, production wells, utilities, and associated infrastructure.

The Surmont project is currently comprised of Surmont 1 (operating) and Surmont 2 (under construction). The Surmont 3 project would increase the bitumen production from the current Surmont project from 21 624 m3 per calendar day (136 000 barrels per calendar day) to 41 477 m3 per calendar day (260 900 barrels per calendar day) at peak production. Construction of the first tranche would commence in 2016, with first production expected by 2020.

The Surmont 3 project would be about 63 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta, within the Surmont oil sands leases in Townships 80, 81, 82, 83 and 84, Ranges 5, 6 and 7, West of the 4th Meridian.

ConocoPhillips has also submitted an EIA report. This EIA report forms part of the applications to the AER.

For a copy of the applications, contact
ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp
P.O. Box 130, Station M
401 – 9th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 2H7
Attention: Michelle De Laronde
Telephone: 403-233-4017
Fax: 918-662-3380

To view the applications, EIA, and supporting documents, contact
AER Information Management Branch
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311
(toll free; option 2)
Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Alberta Government Library
44 Capital Boulevard
11th Floor, 10044 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5E6
Telephone: 780-427-2985
(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


Requirement to File a Statement of Concern

If you have concerns with these applications and have not filed a statement of concern with the AER, you must file one as described below under How to File a Statement of Concern. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER will continue to process the applications and may approve them without notifying you.

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

How to File a Statement of Concern

For your statement of concern to be considered, it must be filed before 12:00 p.m. on September 17, 2014. Send one copy of your statement of concern to ConocoPhillips 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

  1. why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications;
  2. the nature of your objection to the applications;
  3. the outcome of the applications that you advocate;
  4. 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 applications; and
  5. 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.

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

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 and file it according to the dates listed under How to File a 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, and
  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, 1982.

For information on AER procedures, contact
In Situ Authorizations
Attention: Anna Louie
Telephone: 403-297-8396
Fax: 403-297-3187

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on July 30, 2014.
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel