Application 1878039

CCA Application 1878039
EPEA Application 015-155804
Grande Cache Coal Corporation
8 Mine Completion Project

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Coal Conservation Act (CCA) application 1878039 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA)application 015-155804 from Grande Cache Coal Corporation (GCC) for approval to expand its No. 8 surface mine. The AER is reviewing the applications concurrently. This notice sets out the deadline for filing statements of concern. See the section below on how to file a statement of concern for filing dates.

Description of the Applications

GCC has applied under section 13 of the CCA to amend Licences No. C 2009-10, No. C 2011-8, and No. C 2012-15 and under Part 2, Division 2, of EPEA to amend Approval No. 155804-01-00 for the expansion of a surface metallurgical coal mine.

GCC’s proposed project consists of an expansion of the existing No. 8 mine pits and the addition of one new pit and three new dumps within existing mine Permit No. C 2003-1. The mine would produce an average of 1.9 million tonnes of raw metallurgical coal per year. The project is expected to extend the mine life by about eight years and would allow continued operations at the existing GCC mine site. Subject to regulatory approval and economic conditions, the expansion is scheduled to begin in mid-2019. The project would be located in west-central Alberta, about 20 kilometres north of the community of Grande Cache, within Township 58, Range 9, West of the 6th Meridian.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Grande Cache Coal Corporation
Suite 1610, 800 – 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3T6
Attention: Angela Beattie
Telephone: 403-767-6529
Email: abeattie@gccoal.com

To receive a copy of the applications and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at www1.aer.ca/ProductCatalogue/ordering.html, to

AER Order Fulfillment
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 0)
Email: InformationRequest@aer.ca

Refer to this notice when requesting information for a faster response.

Requirement to File a Statement of Concern

If you have concerns with these applications, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER may approve the applications without further notice.

How to File a Statement of Concern

For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on February 27, 2017. Send one copy of your statement of concern to GCC at the name and address above and one copy to
Authorizations Branch
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Fax: 403-297-7336
Email: SOC@aer.ca

Contents of a Statement of Concern

For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include

  1. why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications;
  2. the nature of your objection to the applications;
  3. the outcome of the applications 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 applications; and
  5. your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and
    email address or, if you do not have an email address, your fax number.

The AER also asks that you include the application number in your statement of concern.

Confidentiality

Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) requires that all documents and information filed in 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. The Rules of Practice is available on the AER website at www.aer.ca.

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.

For information on AER procedures, contact the authorizations specialist, Tyler Wudrick, by phone at 403-297-8841 or by email to tyler.wudrick@aer.ca.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on January 26, 2017.

ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel