Notice of Application
Applications 1904142, 006-00262149, 005-255245, 17.I.002, and 17.I.003
Southern Pacific Resources Corp. and Southern Pacific Energy Ltd.
(Receiver: PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.)
Approval Transfer Request
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received applications under the Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA), Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA), Water Act (WA), and Public Lands Act (PLA) for the transfer of all of the existing approvals and licences associated with the current related licensees of record for Southern Pacific Resource Corp. and Southern Pacific Energy Ltd. (collectively, STP). This transfer includes the Mackay River In Situ Oil Sands Project. The AER is reviewing the applications.
This notice also sets out the deadline and describes the process for filing statements of concern on the applications.
Description of the Applications
PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. (PwC) is the court-appointed receiver-manager (the “Receiver”) of STP pursuant to a receivership order dated June 1, 2015. On December 11, 2017, the Receiver entered into an asset purchase agreement with Viceroy Canadian Resources Corp. (“Viceroy”) for the sale of all of the STP assets located in Alberta (see table for application numbers).
These applications cover the transfer of 196 wells, 3 facilities, and 8 pipelines at the following unique surface locations:
The affected locations for the transfer of ownership of approved public land dispositions include the following:
The Mackay River In Situ Oil Sands Project is located approximately 45 km northwest of Fort McMurray and 45 km southwest of the community of Fort McKay in Townships 90 and 91, Ranges 13–15, West of the 4th Meridian.
For a copy of the applications, contact
To view the applications and supporting documents, use the Integrated Application Registry (IAR) available under Systems & Tools on the AER website, www.aer.ca.
To receive a copy of any of the applications and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at www1.aer.ca/ProductCatalogue/ordering.html, to
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 notification.
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 the filing date below.
January 14, 2018 Final date to file a statement of concern.
Send one copy of your statement of concern to PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. (PwC) at the name and address above and one copy to
Contents of a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include
The AER also requests that you include the application numbers in your statement of concern.
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.
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 Manager of In Situ Authorizations, Jon Keeler, by phone at 403-297-4150 or by email to email@example.com.
Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on December 15, 2017.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel