Application 1866519

Notice of Hearing
Proceeding ID 353
TransCanada Pipelines Limited
White Spruce Pipeline Project

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing for TransCanada Pipelines Limited’s White Spruce Pipeline Project. The hearing will be scheduled after requests to participate are filed and participation determined. If there are no participants, the AER may cancel the hearing and decide on the project without further notice. A complete list of the project applications is provided in table 1.

Description of the White Spruce Pipeline Project

TransCanada Pipelines Limited applied under the Public Lands Act for authorization to use public lands and under the Pipeline Act for authorization to construct and operate two crude oil pipelines. The first pipeline would be about 71 kilometres (km) long starting at Legal Subdivision (LSD) 3, Section 10, Township 95, Range 11, West of the 4th Meridian, northwest of Fort McKay and ending west of Fort McMurray at LSD 06-34-089-14W4M. The second pipeline would be about 50 metres long and would be located west of Fort McKay at LSD 02-10-095-11W4M. The proposed pipelines would be licensed for 0.06 mol/kmol hydrogen sulphide (H2S).

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

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

TransCanada Pipelines Limited
450 – 1st Street SW
Calgary, AB, T2P 5H1
Attention: Murray Sondergard
Telephone: (403) 920-2046
Fax: (403) 920-2285

For information on AER procedures, contact

Greg McLean, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Phone: (403) 297-3232

How can I apply to participate in the hearing?

You must file a request to participate, even if you have already filed a statement of concern with the AER.

Your request to participate must include the information set out under section 9(2) of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice).

Send one copy of the request to TransCanada Pipelines Limited 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.

June 29, 2017 Final date to file a request to participate.

July 6, 2017

Final date for response from TransCanada Pipelines Limited 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. To seek advanced repayment of hearing-related costs, you must apply according to Directive 031: REDA Energy Cost Claims.

How do I raise a question 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 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, and
  3. the evidence you intend to rely on in support of your legal argument.

What falls outside of the AER’s 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.

Table 1. Details of the applications

Application No.



Crude oil pipeline, .06 mole per kilomole  H2S (.006%), 0.05 km


Crude oil pipeline, .06 mole per kilomole H2S (.006%), 71 km


Pipeline Agreement – Pipeline right-of-way


Pipeline Agreement – Pipeline right-of-way


Pipeline Agreement – Pipeline right-of-way


Pipeline Agreement – Pipeline right-of-way


Pipeline Agreement – Pipeline right-of-way


Pipeline Agreement – Pipeline right-of-way


Pipeline Agreement – Pipeline right-of-way


Pipeline Installation – valve site


Pipeline Installation – valve site


Pipeline Installation – valve site


Pipeline Installation – valve site


Pipeline Installation – valve site


Pipeline Installation – meter station and custody transfer site


Licence of Occupation – Access to PIL160321


Licence of Occupation – Access to PIL160376

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on June 1, 2017.

Figure 1: Map of project area