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Notice of Hearing
Proceeding ID 374
High Ground Energy Inc.
38 Kilometres south of Provost

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing for nine well applications, nine pipeline applications, and nine facility applications submitted by High Ground Energy Inc. (High Ground). The project would be in Township 35, Ranges 2 and 3, West of the 4th Meridian, about 38 kilometres south of Provost, Alberta (see the map for details).

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
High Ground applied under section 2.020 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act for licences to operate 21 wells on 9 multiwell pads to produce crude oil from the Viking Formation. The maximum hydrogen sulphide (H2S) concentration would be 0 moles per kilomole (0 per cent).

High Ground applied under section 39(1)(b) of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act for approval to construct and operate nine new processing facilities, each designed to process 32.0 thousand cubic metres per day of natural gas and 29.0 thousand cubic metres per day of oil, with no H2S.

High Ground applied under the Pipeline Act to construct and operate two gathering systems to transport oil effluent with no H2S. The gathering systems would include 13 lines of various lengths, the longest of which would be 2.49 kilometres long, and the lines would have a maximum outside diameter of either 114.3 millimetres or 168.3 millimetres.

The Applications
North Gathering System
Well Applications: 1895930 (lead), 1895932, 1895933, 1895934
Facility Applications: 1907484, 1907485, 1907486, 1907489
Pipeline Applications: 171096, 171130, 171156, 171163

South Gathering System
Well Applications: 1908325 (lead), 1908326, 1908329, 1908331, 1908336
Facility Applications: 1908497, 1908498, 1908499, 1908500, 1908501
Pipeline Applications: 332370, 332393, 332416, 332432, 332731

Where can I find information about the applications and the hearing?
For a copy of the hearing materials, including the applications, contact
High Ground Energy Inc.
#1700, 333 - 7th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2Z11
Attention: Glen Richardson
Telephone: 587-390-6477

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) a copy of your statement of concern or an explanation why you did not file one;

b) a concise statement indicating

  1. why and how you may be directly and adversely affected by the AER’s decision on the applications, or
  2. 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;

c) the outcome of the applications that you advocate;

d) the nature and scope of your intended participation;

e) your contact information;

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

g) your efforts, if any, to resolve issues associated with the proceeding directly with the applicant.

Send one copy of the request to High Ground 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

February 11, 2019 - Final date to file a request to participate.
February 19, 2019 - Final date for response from the applicant on any requests 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.

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 January 25, 2019.