AER Bulletin 2014-26

AER Bulletin 2014-26: Release of Manual 008: Oil Sands Exploration and Coal Exploration Application Guide

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Release of Manual 008: Oil Sands Exploration and Coal Exploration Application Guide

Aug 20, 2014

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has released Manual 008: Oil Sands Exploration and Coal Exploration Application Guide to communicate the application, processes, and expected timelines for oil sands exploration and coal exploration to help industry plan its exploration programs and help all interested parties understand the regulatory process for exploration. Manual 008 will enable the submission of complete applications that can be evaluated by the AER within expected timelines.

“The AER is committed to improving the transparency of its authorization processes and providing certainty that applications will be processed within set timeframes,” said Rob Wadsworth, vice president, Authorizations. “Providing guidance on the AER’s authorization process for exploration programs is important to ensure timely decisions for operations where access is limited to the winter season.”

Highlights of Manual 008

  • Oil sands exploration (OSE) programs and coal exploration programs (CEPs) can be approved for a term of up to five years: two years for operations and three years for reclamation.
  • Caribou protection plans can be submitted or amended at any time.
  • A decision on a complete CEP or OSE program application under the Public Lands Act without any SOCs can be expected within 60 business days. However, for a complete OSE program application submitted before September 15, 2014 the AER will make a decision by October 31, 2014.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include the range of location variability or flexibility they may want during operations when conducting First Nations consultation.

The manual and associated FAQs can be found on the AER website, www.aer.ca.

Contact Information
General inquiries about this bulletin:
inquiries@aer.ca or 1-855-297-8311.

Technical questions about application requirements:
aersurfaceactivityapplication@aer.ca        

Technical questions about an approved OSE program or CEP or application:
Land-use officer in the region where the program is located. (See the AER’s website, www.aer.ca, for a map of the land-use field centres.)

The AER will be hosting industry information sessions on the winter drilling season that will include an overview of the Manual 008: Oil Sands Exploration and Coal Exploration Application Guide. Details are available on www.aer.ca.

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Rob Wadsworth
Vice President
Authorizations Branch