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Project Application

Timeline

Our estimated processing time for this application is 30 to 500 business days; depending on the type. See our timeline spreadsheet for updates.

Purpose of the Application

We regulate coal mining projects under the AlbertaCoal Conservation Act and Coal Conservation Rules. We divide applications related to coal mining into four categories:

  • coal routine
  • coal operational
  • coal nonroutine
  • coal pilot/experimental

Coal routine applications are for routine changes to existing activities. These changes are not expected to adversely and materially affect resource conservation, the environment, socioeconomic conditions, or rights of stakeholders assessed in the original application. Reasons for applying include the following:

  • coal processing plant approvals
  • coal mine site permits
  • coal mine/dump licences
  • coal deep drill permits
  • coal other (waivers, notifications, or other application types)

Coal operational applications are for routine changes to existing activities that may affect resource conservation or involve significant modifications. However, these changes are not expected to affect the rights of stakeholders or alter the environment and socioeconomic conditions assessed in the original application. Reasons for applying include the following:

  • coal processing plant approvals
  • coal mine site permits
  • coal mine/dump licences
  • coal deep drill permits
  • coal other (waivers, notifications, or other application types)

Coal pilot/experimental applications are nonroutine activities and can be for new activities or amendments to existing activities. These applications support the testing and deployment of unproven technology for the following:

  • coal processing plant approvals
  • coal mine/dump licences

Coal nonroutine applications are for new activities or amendments to existing activities. These activities may adversely and materially affect resource conservation, the environment, socioeconomic conditions, or rights of stakeholders assessed in the original application. Reasons for applying include the following:

  • coal processing plant approvals
  • coal mine site permits
  • coal mine/dump licences

Process Checklist

Submit an Application
Companies must submit coal mining authorization applications to their designated coal mine coordinator or through coalmining.applications@aer.ca.

By submitting an application, the company accepts that its information is no longer confidential.

Review Process

  1. We share all applications on our Public Notice of Application page to encourage public participation in the approval process.
  2. Anyone who believes they may be directly and adversely affected by an application can file a statement of concern (SOC). If we receive an SOC, it may take us longer to process the application.
  3. We will assign the application to a subject matter expert for initial review. If information is missing (i.e., the application is not complete), we will close the application. Otherwise, we will proceed with a full technical review.
  4. We may request additional information (through a supplemental information request) to complete our technical review.
  5. We will decide to approve, close, or deny the application. If we close it, the applicant may reapply without prejudice. If we deny it, the applicant can file an appeal through our appeal process.
  6. We will provide the applicant with a link to the letter with our decision, which is accessible for 30 days through the Integrated Application Registry. We will also share our decision on our Publication of Decision page.