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Notice of Hearing
Regulatory Appeal
Proceeding ID 383
Shell Canada Limited
Regulatory Appeal of Reclamation Certificate

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing for a regulatory appeal of reclamation certificate 151150. The hearing will be scheduled after requests to participate are filed.

Description of the Proceeding
Shell Canada Limited (Shell) applied for a reclamation certificate for a well site in Legal Subdivision 3, Section 25, Township 1, Range 22, West of the 4th Meridian, about 4 kilometres from Del Bonita and about 61 kilometres from Lethbridge (see map below). The AER issued the reclamation certificate on July 7, 2018.

On September 21, 2018, the AER received a request for a regulatory appeal, under Division 3 of the Responsible Energy Development Act and Part 3 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice), of the AER’s decision to issue a reclamation certificate.

The AER granted the request for the regulatory appeal on May 15, 2019.

The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether the AER should confirm, vary, suspend, or revoke its decision to issue the reclamation certificate.

Where can I find information about the hearing?
To view or receive a copy of the hearing materials, or for information on AER procedures, contact

Elaine Arruda,Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Email: Hearing.Services@aer.ca
Phone: 403-297-7365

Who are the current parties to this appeal?
The landowner, Shell, and the AER’s Reclamation Group are parties to this regulatory appeal. As parties, they may participate in the hearing and do not need to submit a request to participate. However, they must confirm their intention to participate in the hearing and the nature and scope of their participation by 4:00 pm on July 17, 2019.

How can I apply to participate in the hearing?
If you are not already a party to the regulatory appeal and want to participate in the hearing, you must submit a written request to participate. Requests to participate are placed on the public record of this proceeding.
Your request to participate must contain

a) a copy of your statement of concern, if applicable;

b) a concise statement indicating

  • why you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the regulatory appeal, or
  • if you will not be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the regulatory appeal, explain
    • what the nature of your interest in the matter is and why you should be permitted to participate,
    • how your participation will materially assist the AER in deciding the subject matter of the regulatory appeal,
    • how you have a tangible interest in the subject matter of the regulatory appeal,
    • how your participation will not unnecessarily delay the regulatory appeal, and
    • how you will not repeat or duplicate the evidence presented by the other parties in the regulatory appeal;

c) the outcome of the regulatory appeal that you advocate;

d) the nature and scope of your intended participation;

e) your contact information;

f) if you have a representative, their contact information;

g) if you are acting on behalf of a group or association of persons, the nature of your membership in the group or association; and

h) your efforts, if any, to resolve issues associated with the proceeding directly with the party requesting the appeal or the approval holder, as the case may be.

Send the request to the hearing coordinator. Submissions should be PDF documents with bookmarks, page numbers, and optical character recognition.

Filing deadlines

July 17, 2019 - Final date to file a request to participate.

July 24, 2019 - Final date to submit responses to any request to participate.

Is this a public process?
Yes. Section 49 of the Rules of Practice requires that all documents and information filed for a proceeding be placed on the public record. You must not include any personal information that you do not want to appear on or are not authorized to put on the public record. You should assume that anything you submit will be available online to the public. Section 49(2) of the Rules of Practice states how to apply to the AER for an order to keep information confidential.

What is outside of the AER’s jurisdiction?
Compensation for land use is not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Alberta Surface Rights Board.

If my request to participate is approved, can I apply to get reimbursed for hearing-related costs?
If you are participating in a hearing, you may be eligible to have some of your costs paid. Directive 031: REDA Energy Cost Claims explains how and when to apply.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on July 10, 2019.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR