Application 1904558

Notice of Application
OSCA Application No. 1904558
EPEA Application No. 046-00000026
Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Aurora North Oil Sands Mine Site

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) application 1904558 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 046-00000026 from Syncrude Canada Ltd. (Syncrude). This notice sets out the deadline for filing a statement of concern under the section How to File a Statement of Concern.

Description of the Applications

Syncrude has applied under OSCA and EPEA to construct, operate, and reclaim the NE5 reclamation material stockpile (RMS) at its Aurora North oil sands mine site, located about 80 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. The RMS would occupy about 16 hectares in Section 24, Township 96, Range 10, West of the 4th Meridian. The RMS would be in use for an estimated 33 years, with final reclamation expected in 2052.

For a copy of the applications, contact

Syncrude Canada Ltd.
P.O. Bag 4009, MD: Y201
Fort McMurray, Alberta  T9H 3L1
Attention: Murray Danku
Telephone: 825-409-7272

Alternatively, you can receive a copy of the applications by submitting 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 0)
Fax: 403-297-7040

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

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 February 5, 2018. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Syncrude 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

Contents of a Statement of Concern

For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include

a) why you believe 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 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 applications; and

e) 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 requests that you include the application numbers in your statement of concern.


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 the authorizations specialist, Africa Geremew, by phone at 403-297-8167 or by email to

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on January 4, 2018.


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