Application 1782988

Notice of Application
Alberta Energy Regulator
Application No. 1782988
Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
Application No. 001-336673
Water Act Application No. 001-00346324

Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited
Aspen Project
Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) Application No. 1782988, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-336673, and Water Act Application No. 001-00346324 (collectively the applications) from Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited (Imperial) for approval of the proposed Aspen Project. The AER and other government departments are reviewing the applications and the associated environmental impact assessment (EIA).

A notice of application was issued by the AER on December 17, 2013, setting out a deadline for filing statements of concern with respect to the OSCA application. No deadline had been established for the filing of statements of concerns in relation to the EPEA and Water Act applications. As all the applications will be considered jointly, this notice supersedes the December 17, 2013, notice.

Description of the Project

Imperial has applied to construct, operate, and reclaim the Aspen Project and for the diversion of water. The proposed project is a three-phase development, including central steam generation and bitumen processing plant facilities that incorporate electrical power cogeneration. Bitumen production would be from the Wabiskaw-McMurray deposit and would use the steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) thermal recovery process. The development would be phased over the expected 40-year life of the project, with each phase bringing on commercial bitumen production of about 7145 cubic metres per calendar day (m3/d) (45 000 barrels per calendar day [bbl/d]). Within the development area, 14 SAGD well pads will be developed, and over the life of the project, 48 SAGD well pads will be required. The concept plant includes future debottlenecking which could increase bitumen production to about 25 720 m3/d (162 000 bbl/d).

The proposed purpose of the water diversion is domestic and commercial (utility, dust control, drilling, completions, and construction). The proposed diversion is for a maximum of 40 000 cubic metres of water per year from three unnamed surface water bodies located within Section 16, Township 94, Range 7, West of the fourth Meridian; and a maximum of 296 780 cubic metres of water per year from three groundwater wells screened in the Lower Grand Rapids Aquifer located in Sections 2 and 11, Township 94, Range 7, West of the fourth Meridian.

The Aspen project would be located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta in Townships 93 and 94, Ranges 6 and 7, West of the fourth Meridian.

Imperial has prepared and submitted the following documents:
  • Application No. 1782988, under section 10 of the OSCAto construct and operate the proposed project.
  • Application No. 001-336673, under part 2, division 2 of the EPEA, for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the proposed project.
  • Application No. 001-00346324, under section 50 of the Water Act, for the diversion of water from three unnamed surface water bodies and three groundwater wells.
  • An EIA report associated with the above applications.

For a copy of the application, contact
Imperial Oil Resources Venture Limited
237 Fourth Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3M9
Attention: Alan Kennedy
Telephone: 587-476-2045
Fax: 587-476-1003

To view the applications, EIA, and supporting documents, contact AER Information Product Services Section
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311
(toll free; press 2)
Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Alberta Government Library
Great West Life Building
6th Floor, 9920 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2M4
Telephone: 780-427-5828
(toll free: 780-310-0000)

AER Fort McMurray Regional Office
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
Box 15, 9915 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta   T9H 2K4
Telephone: 780-743-7214

Requirement to File a Statement of Concern

If you are interested in this matter, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER will continue to process the application and may approve it without further notifying you.

How to File a Statement of Concern

In order for your statement of concern to be considered, it must be filed before 12:00 p.m. on the filing date below.

July 15, 2014                                       Final date to file a statement of concern

Send one copy of your statement of concern to Imperial at the name and address above and one copy to
Authorizations Review & Coordination Team
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4

Contents of a Statement of Concern
Your statement of concern must include
  1. why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the application(s);
  2. the nature of your objection to the application(s);
  3. the outcome of the application that you advocate;
  4. the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource activity that is the subject of the proposed application; and
  5. your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and e-mail address or, if you do not have an e-mail address, your fax number.

Sections 49 of the Rules of Practice require that all documents and information with the AER 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. Any request under Section 49 must be copied to the other parties to the proceeding. Section 49 of the Rules of Practice is available at the AER website at

Questions of Constitutional Law

In addition to giving notice according to section 12 of the Administrative Procedures and Jurisdiction Act and schedule 2 of the Designation of Constitutional Decision Makers Regulation, you must include the following information in your submission and file it according to the date listed under How to File a Statement of Concern if you intend to raise a question of constitutional law:

  1. the constitutional question you intend to raise
  2. the legal argument you intend to make
  3. the evidence you intend to rely on in support of your legal argument

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

For information on AER procedures, contact
In Situ Authorizations
Attention: Anna Louie
Telephone: 403-297-8396
Fax: 403-297-3187

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on June 2, 2014.
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel