Proceeding 1769924

Proceeding into Odours and Emissions from Heavy Oil Operations in the Peace River Area

Notice of Submission Process and Schedule

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has initiated a proceeding, pursuant to the Responsible Energy Development Act, to investigate and make recommendations about odours and emissions associated with heavy oil operations in the Peace River area.

Notices and documents related to the proceeding are available on the AER website, www.aer.ca, under Applications & Notices: Hearings & Proceedings; at the Grande Prairie Field Centre, 9815 – 15 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta; and at the Peace River Provincial Building, Room 211, 9621 – 96 Avenue, Peace River, Alberta.

Written Submissions to the Proceeding
The proceeding panel met in Peace River, Alberta, on October 7, 2013. On October 23, 2013, the panel issued a decision setting the scope and process for the proceeding, including the submission dates and descriptions of the types of submissions. Parties considering making a submission are strongly encouraged to read Decision 2013 ABAER 018: Proceedings into Odours and Emissions in the Peace River Area; Organizational Meeting Report. Submissions that the panel determines are not within the scope of the proceeding will not be considered.

Only those parties that file a written submission during phase 2 or 3 of the proceeding (see below) can participate in the oral proceeding scheduled to begin on January 21, 2014.

Submissions must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on the following filing dates. See Decision 2013 ABAER 018 for further details on phase 2 and 3 submissions.

November 25, 2013
(phase 2)
Any party may submit written comments on any of the following issues; however, the panel particularly encourages submissions of
  • written comments from interested parties (including any further comments from Peace River–area residents) regarding odours and emissions from heavy oil operations in the Peace River area and related impacts on human and animal health;
  • written comments from area operators and licensees on the following issues:
    • production and transportation of heavy oil;
    • relevant geological and geographic information including potential sources or causes of odours and emissions from heavy oil operations;
    • relevant standards in Alberta and other jurisdictions, including any comparisons and identification of perceived advantages or shortfalls;
    • best management practices, including regulatory and non-regulatory tools, used in other jurisdictions or in other industries that may be applicable; and
    • how Peace River–area operators/licensees are addressing concerns about odours and emissions, including implemented and planned initiatives;
  • written comments or reports from regulatory bodies on current requirements and regulatory changes being undertaken or anticipated to be undertaken related to odours and emissions from heavy oil operations in the Peace River area; and
  • written reports from independent experts on the topics, issues, or questions identified by the panel.
December 13, 2013
(phase 3A)
For submissions of initial solutions and recommendations, including information in response to phase 2 written submissions.
January 10, 2014
(phase 3B)
For responses to phase 3A submissions, including further written comments on possible solutions and recommendations.

Submissions should be in PDF with bookmarks, page numbers, and optical character recognition. Send submissions by e-mail to PeaceRiverProceeding@aer.ca or mail to

    Peace River Proceeding
    Alberta Energy Regulator
    Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
    Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
For more information about proceeding procedures, call Mike Schuster at 403-297-6013 or David Miles at 403-297-3582, or call the AER Customer Contact Centre toll free at 1-855-297-7336.

Publication of Information
All of the information provided in this proceeding will form part of the public record, and the AER intends to make the public record available through its website. This includes any confidential or personal information that is submitted, such as information about a medical condition, diagnosis, treatment, or evaluation. If you file a submission or any other written information, you must not include any personal information that you do not want to appear on the website or are not authorized to put on the public record.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on November 14, 2013.

ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR

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