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, short-term gas removal permits
- cannot exceed 3 billion cubic metres of gas, and
- cannot 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 short-term gas removal permit. The applicant is not required to give notification of its intent to apply for a short-term gas removal permit or an amendment to a permit.
The applicant will submit its new, amendment, or rescission short-term gas removal permit applications 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.
Review Process for Short-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:
- 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 will review the requested volume and term for new and amendment applications to ensure they meet requirements. For amendments, the AER will also review the currently approved term, gas volumes, and gas volumes reported.
- The AER will review
- the requested applicant’s corporate status under the Alberta Registries,
- the permit’s current reported volumes,
- the current term,
- the requested recession date, and
- the reasons for rescission for all rescission of short-term gas removal permit applications.
- If clarification or more information is required, you may receive a request for additional information by e-mail.
- 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.
The processing time for this application is 10 calendar days.