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Amended Notice of Hearing
Proceeding ID 346
Bashaw Oil Corp.
Proximity Critical Sour Oil Wells
2.3 Kilometres East of Rocky Rapids

The public hearing of applications 1842705, 1851246, and 1851250, scheduled to start on September 6, 2017, in Drayton Valley, has been postponed. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) agreed to a request from Bashaw Oil Corp. to revise its applications. This notice announces the revisions to the applications and a new deadline for submitting a request to participate. The hearing will be rescheduled after any new requests to participate are considered by the panel and a time and place have been determined.

Description of the Applications

Bashaw applied under section 2.020 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Rules to drill and operate three proximity critical sour wells on a multiwell pad in Legal Subdivision (LSD) 9, Section 35, Township 49, Range 7, West of the 5th Meridian, about 2.3 kilometres (km) east of Rocky Rapids. See figure 1 for a map of the project area.

The wells would be directionally drilled to bottomhole locations at LSD 04-01-050-07W5M, LSD 15-35-049-07W5M, and LSD 08-34-049-07W5M, targeting crude oil in the Nisku Formation. The wells would have a maximum hydrogen sulphide (H2S) content of 211.5 moles per kilomole (21.15 per cent).

Revisions to the Applications

Bashaw revised the H2S release rate for the wells as a result of new information. Changes to the applications resulting from the new H2S release rate are summarized in the table below.

Application changes



Maximum H2S release rate

1.1549 m3/s*

1.3408 m3/s

Emergency planning zone

0.88 km

0.94 km

Initial isolation zone

0.19 km

0.21 km

Protective action zone

0.76 km

0.82 km

H2S level+

Level 1                                
≥0.01 to <0.3 m3/s

Level 2                                  
≥0.3 to <2.0 m3/s

Minimum setback required

0.1 km to any surface improvement other than a surveyed roadway or road allowance (40 m)

0.1 km to individual permanent dwellings and unrestricted country developments
0.5 km to urban centres or public facilities

*  m3/s: cubic metres per second.
+  As set out in Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules.

Where can I find information about the applications and the hearing?

For a copy of the hearing materials, including the applications, contact
Bashaw Oil Corp.
1650, 444 – 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2T8
Attention: Shawn McDonald
Telephone: 403-266-1919 ext. 5
Fax: 403-453-1913

For information on AER procedures, contact

Greg McLean, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Phone: 403-297-3232

How can I apply to participate in the hearing?

If you are already a participant in the hearing, you do not need to apply again to participate.

If you are not already a participant and believe that as a result of the revisions set out above you meet the requirements under sections 9(2)(b) and 9(2)(c) of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice), you may submit a request to participate.

Your request must include the information set out under section 9(2) of the Rules of Practice.

Send one copy of the request to Bashaw 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 4:00 p.m. on the filing date below.

August 15, 2017

Final date to file a request to participate.

August 22, 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?

If you are participating in a hearing, you may be eligible to have some of your costs paid. The Rules of Practice, Part 5, Division 2, and Directive 031: REDA Energy Cost Claims explain how and when to apply.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on July 25, 2017.


Figure 1. Map of project area

Figure 1. Map of project area