Application 1857270

Notice of Application
OSCA Applications No. 1857270 and 1857274
EPEA Application No. 075-94
Suncor Energy Inc.                                                    
Millennium Operational Amendment and Fluid Tailings Management Plan

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)Application No. 1857270 and 1857274 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 075-94. The AER is reviewing these applications and the supporting documents.

This notice sets out the deadline for filing statements of concern on the applications. See the section below on how to file a statement of concern for filing dates.

Description of the Applications
Suncor Energy Inc. (Suncor) has applied under OSCA to amend AER Approval No. 8535 in order to

  • include a new fluid tailings management plan that aligns with the Lower Athabasca Region Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands  and sets out an additional tailings disposal area, and
  • modify its mine plan to accelerate mining at its Millennium mine and reduce the rate of mining at its North Steepbank extension (NSE) mine.

Suncor has also applied under EPEA to amend EPEA Approval No. 94-02-00 in order to revise the land closure, thereby enabling implementation of the new fluid tailings management plan, and to modify soil placement depth requirements and research and monitoring reporting.

Suncor’s Millennium and NSE mines are located about 35 km northwest of Fort McMurray and about 35 km southwest of Fort McKay within Townships 91, 92, and 93; Ranges 8, 9 and 10; West 4th Meridian, within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Suncor Energy Inc.
P.O. Box 2844
150 – 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3E3
Attention: Jason Heisler
Telephone: 403-296-3608

To view OSCA application 1857270 or 1857274 and the supporting documents, visit the Integrated Application Registry available under Systems & Tools on the AER website,, and enter the application number.

To receive a copy of all the applications and the 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 requesting information to expedite the response.

Copies of the applications will also be available at

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, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER may approve the applications without further notification.

How to File a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on May 27, 2016. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Suncor 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: 403-297-7336

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 applications;

b) the nature of your objection to the applications;

c) the outcome of the applications 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 applications; 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.

Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) requires 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. 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
Aman Ahlawat, Application Coordinator
Telephone: 403-297-8959
Fax: 403-297-3187

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on April 27, 2015.

Patricia Johnson, Q.C., General Counsel