Statement of Concern

Statement of Concern

A statement of concern is a written submission that outlines specific concerns about a company’s activities or development.

When filing a statement of concern with the AER, it is important to include enough information for it to be registered. The AER may return unregistered any statements of concern that do not relate to a particular company; do not outline specific concerns; or are not specific to a project, application, or site. A statement of concern must be in writing; can be filed by letter, form, or e-mail. A phone call cannot be registered as a statement of concern.

Resources for filing a statement of concern can be found on the following pages of the AER website:

Statement of Concern Form

EnerFAQs: Expressing Your Concerns – How to File a Statement of Concern About an Energy Resource Project

EnerFAQs: Proposed Oil and Gas Development: A Landowner's Guide – When oil and gas companies propose development on or near your property, you want to be aware of your rights as a landowner your options

EnerFAQs: The AER and You: Agreements, Commitments, and Conditions

Preapplication Concern Fact Sheet: This will help you understand what to do if you have concerns about a particular energy development activity for which no application has been submitted to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

Application Categories

All applications are published on the Public Notice of Application (PNoA) page on the AER website to encourage public participation in the approval process. Applications filed with the AER in the last 30 days are searchable by keyword or location; they fall under two broad categories: expedited and non-expedited.

Expedited applications

  • The public notice does not state a deadline for filing statements of concern.
  • Statements of concern can be submitted at any time before the AER makes a decision on the application,
  • The AER can make a decision on the application immediately.


Non-expedited applications

  • The public notice states a deadline for filing statements of concern.
  • Statements of concern can be submitted at any time before the specified deadline.
  • The AER will decide whether to permit the late filing of statements of concern submitted after the deadline date.
  • The AER cannot make a decision on the application until after the deadline stated in the public notice for filing a statement of concern has elapsed.


Regulatory Documents

Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules

Directive 065: Resources Applications for Oil and Gas Reservoirs