Application 1904142

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).

Legislation Application No.
OSCA 1904142
WA 006-00262149
EPEA 005-255245
PLA 17.I.002, 17.I.003

These applications cover the transfer of 196 wells, 3 facilities, and 8 pipelines at the following unique surface locations:

18-091-14W4M 13-090-15W4M 16-091-14W4M 18-088-05W4M 19-088-05W4M 34-085-12W4M
07-091-14W4M 03-091-13W4M 17-091-14W4M 21-088-05W4M 20-088-05W4M 16-086-12W4M
36-087-06W4M 04-091-13W4M 24-091-14W4M 01-088-06W4M 04-088-05W4M 35-086-12W4M
33-090-13W4M 09-091-13W4M 12-091-15W4M 12-088-06W4M 06-088-05W4M 31-085-11W4M
07-090-14W4M 20-091-13W4M 16-088-05W4M 23-088-06W4M 33-085-12W4M 35-085-12W4M
18-090-14W4M 08-091-14W4M 17-088-05W4M 31-087-05W4M 18-086-11W4M 07-086-11W4M
01-086-12W4M 02-086-12W4M 10-086-12W4M 14-086-12W4M 22-086-12W4M 23-086-12W4M
24-086-12W4M 25-086-12W4M 13-086-12W4M 11-086-12W4M 09-091-14W4M 10-091-14W4M
15-086-12W4M 14-090-15W4M 12-090-15W4M 34-089-15W4M 31-089-14W4M 33-086-12W4M
21-091-14W4M 27-091-14W4M 22-091-14W4M 34-091-14W4M 35-091-14W4M 28-090-13W4M

The affected locations for the transfer of ownership of approved public land dispositions include the following:

04-085-32W4M 13-091-16W4M 03-092-08W6M
05-086-02W4M 13-091-25W4M 03-092-17W6M
05-087-31W4M 14-091-07W4M 03-092-20W6M
06-087-25W4M 14-091-08W4M 03-093-29W6M
06-087-35W4M 14-091-09W4M 03-092-32W6M
06-087-36W4M 14-091-17W4M 03-092-06W6M
12-085-35W4M 14-091-18W4M 03-092-15W6M
12-086-17W4M 15-096-30W4M 13-046-35W5M
12-086-20W4M 15-096-33W4M 08-099-12W6M
12-091-31W4M 15-097-04W4M 03-092-08W6M
13-086-12W4M 13-046-35W5M 02-093-29W6M
13-090-28W4M 07-099-07W6M 03-093-06W6M
13-091-07W4M 08-099-12W6M 01-090-15W6M

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

Paul Darby, Senior Vice President
PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.
111 5 Avenue SW, Suite 3100
Calgary, Alberta T2P 5L3
Telephone: 403-509-6677
Fax: 403-781-1825

To view the applications and supporting documents, use the Integrated Application Registry (IAR) available under Systems & Tools on the AER website,

To receive a copy of any of the applications and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at, to

AER Order Fulfillment
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 0)
Fax: 403-297-7040

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

Authorizations Branch
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Fax: 403-297-7336

Contents of a Statement of Concern

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

  1. why you believe 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 you advocate;
  4. the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource 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 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


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

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on December 15, 2017.


Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel