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Proceeding ID 350
Prosper Petroleum Ltd
Prosper Rigel Project

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing of applications 1778538, 00370772-001, and 001-341659. The hearing will be scheduled after requests to participate are filed. If there are no participants, the AER may cancel the hearing and decide on the applications without further notice.

Description of the Applications

Prosper Petroleum Limited’s (Prosper) Rigel Oil Sands Project (the project) is a proposed bitumen recovery scheme that would use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to produce a maximum of 1600 m³ of bitumen per day (10 000 barrels/day) from the Wabiskaw Member. The bitumen would be recovered from Prosper’s leases in Sections 20 and 21 of Township 96, Range 17, West of the 4th Meridian. The complete project is anticipated to include a central processing facility, for steam generation and production, connected to six multiwell pads. Each pad will have eight horizontal SAGD well pairs (injection and production). Additional surface facilities include observation wells, water source wells, steam generation facilities, production facilities, water treatment and recycling facilities, pipelines, support buildings, an access road, utility corridors, a laydown area, sumps, borrow pits, and a construction camp.

  • Oil Sands Conservation Act application 1778538 to construct and operate a bitumen recovery scheme.
  • Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act application 001-341659 for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the project.
  • Water Act application 00370772-001 for approval to withdraw 850 m3/day of nonsaline water from the Viking and Undifferentiated Drift (Deep Drift) Formations.

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

For a copy of the hearing materials, including the applications, contact
Prosper Petroleum Ltd
1810, 500 – 4th Ave., S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 2V6
Attention: Carrie Cochran
Telephone: 403-930-5302
Fax: 403-532-7644
E-mail: @email

To view the materials in person or for information on AER procedures, contact
Tara Wheaton, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
E-mail: @email
Phone: 403-297-8288

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 Rules of Practice).

Send one copy of the request to Prosper 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 1:00 p.m. on the filing date below.

Feb 14, 2017 Final date to file a request to participate.
Feb 21, 2017 Final date for response from the applicant 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?

Yes. To seek advanced payment or 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 if you intend to raise a question of constitutional law:

  • the constitutional question you intend to raise,
  • the legal argument you intend to make, and
  • 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.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on January 30, 2017.