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Notice of Application
OSCA Application No. 1905189, etc.
Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Aurora North Oil Sands Mine Site

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received from Syncrude Canada Ltd. (Syncrude) Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)application 1905189, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA)application 045-00000026, Water Act applications 011-00251073 and 011-00048398, and Public Lands Act application MSL973220. This notice sets out the deadline for filing a statement of concern under the section How to File a Statement of Concern.

Description of the Applications

Syncrude has applied under OSCA, EPEA, the Water Act, and the Public Lands Act to expand the Fort Hills overburden dump and construct a reclamation material stockpile (RMS) at its Aurora North oil sands mine site, located about 80 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. The expansion of the Fort Hills overburden dump will occupy about 78 hectares (ha), while the RMS will occupy about 205 ha. The activities will be in Legal Subdivisions 1–16, Section 25, Township 96, Range 10, West of the 4th Meridian, and all of Section 30-096-9W4M. The area of the activities will be in use for an estimated 47 years, with reclamation scheduled to start in 2053.

For a copy of the applications, contact

Syncrude Canada Ltd.
P.O. Bag 4009, MD: Y201
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 3L1
Attention: Sylvia Skinner
Telephone: 825-409-7285
Email: skinner.sylvia@syncrude.com  

Alternatively, you can receive a copy of the applications by submitting an information request, as outlined at www1.aer.ca/ProductCatalogue/ordering.html, to

AER Order Fulfillment
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 0)
Fax: 403-297-7040
Email: InformationRequest@aer.ca 

Refer to this notice when requesting information for a faster response.

Requirement to File a Statement of Concern

If you have concerns with these applications, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER may approve the applications without further notification.

How to File a Statement of Concern

For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on February 21, 2018. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Syncrude at the name and address above and one copy to

Authorizations Branch
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Fax: 403-297-7336
Email: SOC@aer.ca 

Contents of a Statement of Concern

For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include

  1. why you believe you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications;
  2. the nature of your objection to the applications;
  3. the outcome of the applications you advocate;
  4. the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource that is the subject of the applications; and
  5. your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and email address or, if you do not have an email address, your fax number.

The AER also requests that you include the application numbers in your statement of concern.

Confidentiality

Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) requires that all documents and information filed in 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. The Rules of Practice is available on the AER website at www.aer.ca.

Jurisdiction

Submissions relating exclusively to compensation for land use are not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Alberta Surface Rights Board.

Under section 21 of the Responsible Energy Development Act, the AER does not have the jurisdiction to assess the adequacy of Crown consultation associated with the rights of aboriginal peoples as recognized and affirmed under the Constitution Act, 1982.

For information on AER procedures, contact the authorizations specialist, Rod Godwaldt, by phone at 403-355-5133 or by email to Rod.Godwaldt@aer.ca.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on January 22, 2018.

ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR

Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel