Application 1827949

Notice of Hearing
Proceeding ID 337
R. Shulze and M. Schulze
Section 33 Pipeline Removal

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing of application 1827949. The hearing will be scheduled after requests to participate are filed. If there are no participants, the AER may cancel the hearing and decide on the application without further notice.

Description of the Application
R. Shulze and M. Schulze (the Shulzes) applied under section 33 of the Pipeline Act for the removal of 370 metres of a pipeline segment licensed to TAQA North Ltd. (TAQA) within Legal Subdivision 6 of Section 24, Township 43, Range 5, West of the 5th Meridian. The pipeline segment, line 1 of Licence No. 35148, carried natural gas with no hydrogen sulphide and was abandoned in 2012 in accordance with AER requirements. The line is 1.72 kilometres (km) long with an outer diameter of 88.9 millimetres and is located about 24 km northwest of Rimbey, Alberta.

Where can I find information about the application and the hearing?
For a copy of the hearing materials or for information on AER procedures, contact

Jennifer Koppe, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
E-mail: Hearing.Services@aer.ca
Phone: 403-297-8288

How can I apply to participate in the hearing?
You must file a request to participate, even if you have already filed a statement of concern with the AER.

A request to participate must be in writing and contain the information set out under section 9(2) of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice).

Send one copy of the request to the Schulzes’ representative, John Gruber of MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman, at JGruber@mlt.com and one copy to the hearing coordinator. Submissions should be PDF documents with bookmarks, page numbers, and optical character recognition.

You must submit your request by 4:00 p.m. on the filing date below.

October 9, 2015     Final date to file a request to participate.
October 16, 2015    Final date for response from the applicant on any requests to participate.

Is this a public process?
Yes. Section 49 of the Rules of Practice requires that all documents and information filed for 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.

If my request to participate is approved, can I apply to get reimbursed for hearing-related costs?
Yes. To seek advanced payment or repayment of hearing-related costs, you must apply according to Directive 031: REDA Energy Cost Claims.

What falls outside of the AER’s jurisdiction?
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.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on September 25, 2015.

ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR