Long-Term Gas Removal Permits


Long-Term Gas Removal Permits

The removal of natural gas from the province of Alberta is governed by the Gas Resources Preservation Act (GRPA). A major reason for gas removal permits is to control the amount of gas leaving the province and thereby ensure that Albertans have an adequate supply.

In accordance with the GRPA, long-term gas removal permits

  • can exceed more than 3 billion cubic metres (m3) of gas.
  • can have a term greater than two years.

Under the GRPA, any party wishing to remove natural gas or ethane from Alberta must apply to the AER under section 2 of the GRPA for a permit to authorize the removal of gas. No AER permits are required to take propanes, butanes, pentanes, other natural gas liquids, or oil out of Alberta. No permits from the AER are required to import gas into the province.

The AER allows each company to hold one active long-term gas removal permit. The applicant is not required to give notification of its intent to apply for a long-term gas removal permit or an amendment to a permit. However, the AER does publish notice of any long-term gas removal application in major provincial newspapers as part of processing the application. Any statements of concern about the application that are submitted to the AER may lead to a public hearing to consider the application.

Long-term gas removal applications require approval of both the Lieutenant Governor in Council and the AER for a permit to be issued.

The following outlines the process to follow to get approval for a long-term gas removal permit. It includes links to application procedures and guidance documents.

Application Submission

The applicant will submit its new, amendment, or rescission long-term gas removal permit application through electronic applications submission (EAS). Applications are registered using the Integrated Application Registry (IAR), and all material related to an application is stored in this system. In addition to the application process through EAS, the forms from Appendix G - Gas and Ethane Removal Forms from Directive 065 must be printed out, filled in, scanned, and attached to the electronic long-term gas removal application through EAS.  

Review Process for Long-Term Gas Removal Permit Applications

After the application is received, it will be reviewed for completeness under Directive 065 requirements and the GRPA. If the application is determined to be incomplete, the application will be closed and returned with an explanation. If the application is determined to be complete, a review will be conducted as follows:

  • Notice of all applications will be published on the Public Notice of Application page on the AER website to encourage public participation throughout the application process. Notice will also be published in major provincial newspapers.
  • A person who believes they may be directly and adversely affected by an application may file a statement of concern (SOC) with the AER.
  • If an SOC about an application is received, the application is considered “Non-Routine” and must follow the AER’s SOC procedures and will not be subject to the application timeline.
  • The AER processes the applications by considering the proposed markets, the location and type of end-use customers to be served under the requested permit, transportation of the gas, pricing arrangements of the gas, and whether it is in the Alberta public’s interest to issue a permit.
  • The AER review will examine
    • lands/zones that would supply the permit,
    • ownership of subject lands/zones,
    • total gas reserve volumes associated with subject lands/zones, and
    • other commitments served by the reserves portfolio involved.
  • If clarification or more information is required, you may receive a request for additional information by e-mail.
  • In addition to AER approval, the Lieutenant Governor in Council must also provide approval before a permit can be issued.
  • A permit in the form of a disposition document will be generated once applications have been reviewed and are considered complete and compliant with application requirements, rules, statutes, and the AER mandate.
  • You will receive an e-mail notification when your application has been dispositioned. You can find the disposition by following the link provided in the notification e-mail for 30 days after the date of disposition.
  • Some decisions on the application can be appealed by eligible persons based on the Responsible Energy Development Act. The filing requirements for a request for regulatory appeal, including form, content, and time limits, are set out in section 30 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice. The regulatory appeals procedures are set out in sections 30 through 33 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice.