Application 1870302

Notice of Application
Application No. 1870302
Shell Canada Energy
Tailings Management Plan
Muskeg River Mine

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Application No. 1870302.

Description of the Application
Shell Canada Energy (Shell) has applied under section 13 of the Oil Sands Conservation Act for approval of its fluid tailings management plan (TMP) for its Muskeg River mine.

Shell’s Muskeg River mine is located about 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, within Townships 94 and 95; Ranges 8, 9, and 10; West of the 4th Meridian, in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

For a copy of the application, contact
Shell Canada Energy
400 – 4 Avenue SW
PO Box 100 Station M
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 2H5
Attention: Scott Wytrychowski
Telephone: 403-691-3167
Email: Scott.Wytrychowski@Shell.com

To view the application and supporting documents, use the Integrated Application Registry (IAR) available under Systems & Tools on the AER website, www.aer.ca, and enter the application number. To receive a copy of the application and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at www1.aer.ca/ProductCatalogue/ordering.html, to

AER Order Fulfillment
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 2)
Fax: 403-297-7040
Email: InformationRequest@aer.ca

Refer to this notice when requesting information for a faster response.

Enhanced Participation
The AER has a new process to enhance public involvement in the review of fluid tailings management plan applications. Under this new process, parties who may be directly and adversely affected by the AER’s decision and parties who could materially assist the AER in making this decision may be included in the initial review of the application.

Filing a Statement of Concern or a Request to Participate in the TMP Application Review

  • If you may be directly and adversely affected, you may file a statement of concern.
  • If you will not be directly and adversely affected but could materially assist the AER in its review of the TMP application, you may file a request to participate in the review.

If you do not file a statement of concern or a request to participate, the AER may approve the application without notifying you.

How to File a Submission
Your submission (i.e., statement of concern or request to participate) must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on November 17, 2016.

Send one copy of your submission to Shell at the name and address above and one copy to

Authorizations Branch
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Fax: 403-297-7336
Email: ARCTeam@aer.ca

Contents of a Statement of Concern
For your statement of concern to be valid, it must include

a)why you believe 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 you advocate;

d) the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource that is the subject of the application; and

e) your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and email address or, if you do not have an e-mail address, your fax number.

The AER also requests that you include the application number in your statement of concern.

Contents of a Request to Participate in the TMP Application Review
For your request to be considered valid, it must include a concise explanation of how

a) your participation will materially assist the AER in making a decision on the application (e.g., you can provide project-specific, detailed technical information);

b) you have a tangible interest in the subject matter of the review (e.g., you participate on committees or are involved in other activities related to oil sands tailings); and

c) your participation will not unnecessarily delay the review.

Your request must also include your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and email address or, if you do not have an email address, your fax number.

The AER also asks that you include the application number.

Confidentiality
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 www.aer.ca.

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.

For information on AER procedures, contact
Allen Xu, Application Coordinator
Telephone: 403-297-3553
Fax: 403-297-3187
Email: allen.xu@aer.ca

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on October 18, 2016.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR

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