Notice of Hearing
Proceeding ID 393
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Regulatory Appeal of Reclamation Certificate
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing for a regulatory appeal of reclamation certificate 146738 at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre, 526 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, starting on February 12, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. The hearing will be webcast at www.meetview.com/aer.
All parties must be present to register at the start of the hearing. If the request for the regulatory appeal is withdrawn, the AER will cancel the hearing and discontinue the regulatory appeal.
Description of the Proceeding
Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) applied for a reclamation certificate for a well site in Legal Subdivision 13, Section 5, Township 16, Range 20, West of the 4th Meridian, about 62 kilometres from Lethbridge and about 141 kilometres from Medicine Hat. (See map). The AER issued the reclamation certificate on November 28, 2018.
On January 2, 2019, the AER received a request for regulatory appeal from Albert and Ron Dodds, under Part 2, Division 3, of the Responsible Energy Development Act and Part 3 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice), of the AER's decision to issue reclamation certificate 146738. At the request of CNRL, the request for regulatory appeal was placed in abeyance on March 6, 2019. It was taken out of abeyance on October 23, 2019, at the request of Mr. Dodds, and was resumed by the AER.
The AER issued its decision to hold a hearing on the regulatory appeal on November 14, 2019. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether the AER should confirm, vary, suspend, or revoke its decision to issue reclamation certificate 146738.
Where can I find information about the hearing?
To view or receive a copy of the hearing materials, or for information on AER procedures, contact
Elaine Arruda, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Who are the current parties to this appeal?
Albert and Ron Dodds, CNRL, and the AER's Reclamation Programs Group are parties to this regulatory appeal. As parties, they may participate in the hearing and do not need to submit a request to participate. However, they must confirm their intention to participate in the hearing and the nature and scope of their participation by 4:00 p.m. on December 20, 2019.
How can I apply to participate in the hearing?
If you are not already a party to the regulatory appeal and want to participate in the hearing, you must submit a written request to participate. Requests to participate are placed on the public record of this proceeding.
Your request to participate must contain
- a copy of your statement of concern
- a concise statement indicating
- why you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the regulatory appeal, or
- if you will not be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the regulatory appeal, explain
- what the nature of your interest in the matter is and why you should be permitted to participate,
- how your participation will materially assist the AER in deciding the subject matter of the regulatory appeal,
- how you have a tangible interest in the subject matter of the regulatory appeal,
- how your participation will not unnecessarily delay the regulatory appeal, and
- how you will not repeat or duplicate the evidence presented by the other parties in the regulatory appeal;
- the outcome of the regulatory appeal that you advocate;
- the nature and scope of your intended participation;
- your contact information;
- if you have a representative, their contact information;
- if you are acting on behalf of a group or association of persons, the nature of your membership in the group or association; and
- your efforts, if any, to resolve issues associated with the proceeding directly with the party requesting the appeal or the approval holder, as the case may be.
Send the request to the hearing coordinator. Submissions should be PDF documents with bookmarks, page numbers, and optical character recognition.
December 30, 2019 Final date to file a request to participate.
January 7, 2020 Final date to submit responses to any request 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. 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. You should assume that anything you submit will be available online to the public. Section 49(2) of the Rules of Practice states how to apply to the AER for an order to keep information confidential.
What is outside of the AER's jurisdiction?
Compensation for land use is not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Alberta Surface Rights Board.
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. Directive 031: REDA Energy Cost Claims explains how and when to apply.
Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on December 13, 2019.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR