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Notice of Hearing
Proceeding ID 382
Trace Water Solutions Ltd.
Alternative Water Hub Facility

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing of application 1914582. 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 application without further notice.

Description of the Application
Trace Water Solutions Ltd. has applied under Directive 058: Oilfield Waste Management Requirements for the Upstream Petroleum Industry for a waste management facility licence to construct a new alternative water hub facility.

The proposed facility would cover an area 240 metres by 200 metres and include 10 tanks and a vapour scrubbing system. The equipment would all be aboveground and operations would include trucking waste. The facility would receive produced water, sour water, and frac flowback water from upstream oil producers; store and treat the water it receives; and return the treated water to market for reuse within slick water hydraulic fracturing operations.

The proposed facility would be located at Legal Subdivision 12, Section 28, Township 76, Range 4, West of the 6th Meridian, about 23.4 kilometres southeast of Spirit River, Alberta.

Where can I find information about the application and the hearing?
For a copy of the hearing materials, including the application, contact
Trace Water Solutions Ltd.
Suite 2115 – 500, 4th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2V6
Attention: Pat Carswell
Telephone: 587-319-2937

To view the materials in person or for information on AER procedures, contact
Tara Wheaton, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Phone: 403-297-8288

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. Requests to participate are placed on the public record of this proceeding.

Your request to participate must contain

  1. a copy of your statement of concern or an explanation why you did not file one;
  2. a concise statement indicating
    1. why and how you may be directly and adversely affected by the AER’s decision on the application, or
    2. if you will not be directly and adversely affected by a decision on the application, 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;
  3. the outcome of the application that you advocate;
  4. the nature and scope of your intended participation;
  5. your contact information;
  6. if you are acting on behalf of a group or association of people, the nature of your membership in the group or association; and
  7. your efforts, if any, to resolve issues associated with the proceeding directly with the applicant.

Send one copy of the request to Trace Water Solutions Ltd. 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

July 16, 2019 Final date to file a request to participate.
July 23, 2016 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 July 2, 2019.