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Project Application

Notice of Hearing
Proceeding ID 358
Blackspur Oil Corp.
Six Kilometres North of Thorsby

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing of applications 1874178 and 146873. This notice sets out how to request to participate in the hearing. The hearing will be scheduled later or, if there are no participants, the AER may cancel the hearing and decide on the applications without further notice.

Description of the Applications

Blackspur Oil Corp. (Blackspur) applied under the Oil and Gas Conservation Act for approval to drill and operate one horizontal well in Legal Subdivision (LSD) 16, Section 33, Township 49, Range 1, West of the 5th Meridian. The purpose of the well is to produce crude oil from the Sparky Member. Blackspur also applied under the Pipeline Act to construct and operate a pipeline from the well site to LSD 15-28-049-1W5M. The pipeline would be 1.82 kilometres (km) long, have an outside diameter of 114.3 millimetres, and transport oil effluent containing 0 per cent hydrogen sulphide (H2S).

The project is located about 6 km north of Thorsby. See the map of the project area for more details.

Where can I find information about the applications and the hearing?

For a copy of the hearing materials, including the applications, contact

Blackspur Oil Corp.
Suite 1110, 335 – 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 1C9
Attention:  Jennifer Peters
Phone:  403-460-0031 ext. 109
Fax:  403-265-9456

To view the materials in person or for information on AER procedures, contact

Tammy Turner, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Phone: 403-297-3232

How can I apply to participate in the hearing?

You must file a written request to participate, even if you have already filed a statement of concern with the AER.

Your request to participate must contain

  •  a copy of your statement of concern or an explanation why you did not file one;
  • a concise statement indicating
    • why and how you may be directly and adversely affected by the AER’s decision on the applications, or
    • if you will not be directly and adversely affected by a decision on the applications, 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 matter that is the subject of the hearing,
      • how you have a tangible interest in the subject matter of the hearing,
      • how your participation will not unnecessarily delay the hearing, and
      • how you will not repeat or duplicate evidence presented by other parties;
  • the outcome of the applications that you advocate;
  • the nature and scope of your intended participation;
  • your contact information;
  • if you are acting on behalf of a group or association of people, the nature of your membership in the group or association; and
  • your efforts, if any, to resolve issues associated with the proceeding directly with the applicant.

Send one copy of the request to Blackspur and one copy to the hearing coordinator. Submissions should be PDF documents with bookmarks, page numbers (with the first page in the document being numbered page one), and optical character recognition.

Filing deadlines

March 12, 2018 - Final date to file a request to participate.

March 26, 2018 - Final date for response from the applicant on any requests to participate.

Is this a public process?

Yes. Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice requires that all documents and information filed for a proceeding be placed on the public record. If you file a submission, 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. Section 49(2) of the Rules of Practice states how to apply to the AER for an order to keep information confidential.

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.

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.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on February 20, 2018.


Map of project area