Application 1842705

Amended Notice and Scheduling of Hearing
Proceeding ID 346
Bashaw Oil Corp.
Proximity Critical Sour Oil Wells
2.3 Kilometres East of Rocky Rapids

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing on applications 1842705, 1851246, 1851250, and 00400207-001 at the Clean Energy Technology Centre, 5400 - 24 Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta, on December 13, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m. The hearing will also be webcast at www.meetview.com/aer. All parties must be present to register at the start of the hearing.

The AER issued a notice of hearing of applications 1842705, 1851246, and 1851250 on December 20, 2016, and received requests to participate in response to that notice. On June 2, 2017, the AER issued notice of scheduling of the hearing. On July 25, 2017, the AER issued an amended notice in response to revisions filed by Bashaw to applications 1842705, 1851246, and 1851250. The amended notice postponed the hearing and set a new deadline for submitting requests to participate arising as a result of the application revisions. No new requests to participate were received in response to that notice.

This notice announces that the hearing has been rescheduled and that Water Act application 00400207-001 has been incorporated into proceeding ID 346. It also sets out a deadline for submitting requests to participate that arise as a result of the incorporation of Water Act application 00400207-001 into this proceeding.

Description of the Applications

Bashaw Oil Corp. applied under section 2.020 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Rules to drill and operate three proximity critical sour wells on a multiwell pad in Legal Subdivision (LSD) 9, Section 35, Township 49, Range 7, West of the 5th Meridian, about 2.3 kilometres east of Rocky Rapids, Alberta. See the attached map for details.

The wells would be directionally drilled to bottomhole locations at LSD 04-01-050-07W5, LSD 15-35-049-07W5, and LSD 08-34-049-07W5, targeting crude oil in the Nisku formation. The wells would have a maximum hydrogen sulphide (H2S) content of 211.5 moles per kilomole (21.15%), and the cumulative completion/servicing H2S release rate would be 1.34 cubic metres per second with a corresponding emergency planning zone of 0.94 kilometres.
New Application 00400207-001

Bashaw Oil Corp. applied to the AER on August 31, 2017, for approval under the Water Act to infill one seasonal marsh wetland during the construction of the proposed multiwell pad and infill and/or impact two seasonal marsh wetlands, one shrubby swamp, one deciduous swamp, and one ephemeral drainage area during construction of the access road to the proposed multiwall pad. Water Act application 00400207-001 has been incorporated into proceeding ID 346.

Where can I find information about the application and the hearing?

For a copy of the hearing materials, including the applications, contact

Bashaw Oil Corp.
1650, 444 – 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2T8
Attention: Shawn McDonald
Telephone: 403 266-1919 ext. 5
Fax: 403 453-1913
Email: smcdonald@bashawoil.com 

How can I apply to participate in the hearing?

If you are already a participant in the hearing, you do not need to apply again to participate.

If you are not already a participant and believe that as a result of the incorporation of Water Act application 00400207-001 into proceeding ID 346, you meet the requirements under sections 9(2)(b) and 9(2)(c) of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice), you may submit a request to participate.

Your request must include the information set out under section 9(2) of the Rules of Practice.

Send one copy of the request to Bashaw Oil Corp. 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.

You must submit your request by 4:00 p.m. on the filing date below.

October 31, 2017

Final date to file a request to participate.

November 7, 2017

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. 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.

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. The Rules of Practice, Part 5, Division 2, and Directive 031: REDA Energy Cost Claims explain how and when to apply.

For information on AER procedures, contact

Greg McLean, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Email: Hearing.Services@aer.ca
Phone: 403 297-3232

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on October 4, 2017.

ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR

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