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This bulletin outlines the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER’s) procedures for consent submissions related to applications for formal dispositions under the Public Lands Act (PLA). These procedures apply to new applications and to applications to amend approved dispositions. This bulletin clarifies the administrative completeness requirements for PLA applications related to consents provided via e-mail to EDS users May 20, 2014, and outlined in AER Bulletin 2014-25: Timelines for Processing Public Lands Act Applications.
The Public Lands Administration Regulation, section 9(e), requires that applications for formal dispositions include consent of the existing disposition holders in the application area. Formal dispositions include the following:
When a new application or amendment application is submitted to the AER, the applicant must include copies of the consents from the following disposition holders:
Consents from all other existing disposition holders within the application area must be obtained by the applicant prior to any activity being conducted on the land. This includes crossing agreements between companies for a linear disposition that is crossing another linear disposition (i.e., LOC or PLA). At any time during the life of the disposition, the AER may request copies of these consents.
Consents are not required for applications to renew a formal disposition; however, those applications are required to meet all other application requirements of section 9 of the Public Lands Administration Regulation. If there were any changes to the disposition or the disposition plan, an amendment application must be submitted, including the submission of applicable consents.
Effective February 1, 2015, the AER will no longer accept submissions of consents at AERLandConsents@aer.ca. Applications that do not include the required consent information will be considered incomplete and will be rejected as per AER Bulletin 2014-25.Consent Form Details
Consents from the Grazing Disposition Holders
At a minimum, consent documentation for all formal disposition applications must contain the following information:
Any changes made to the consent document after execution must be initialed by both the applicant and the consenting disposition holder.LAT Report Numbers and Non-EAP Applications
The consenting disposition holder may choose to include the LAT report number in their consent as a method of tracking consent requests for both EAP and non-EAP applications. However, because non-EAP applications do not require a LAT report, there is no way for the AER to determine if the LAT report number referenced in the consent corresponds with the application being submitted. If the AER cannot tie the consent to the specific application, the consent documentation will not be accepted.
Once a disposition has been approved, it is expected that future consents will reference the assigned disposition number.Contact Information
General inquiries about this bulletin should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-855-297-8311. Technical questions about application requirements should be submitted to AERSurfaceActivityApplication@aer.ca.
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