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OSCA Application No. 1881217
EPEA Application No. 010-151469
WA Application No. 023-00151636
Fort Hills Energy Corporation
Fort Hills Mine Amendment

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) application 1881217, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 010-151469, and Water Act (WA) application 023-00151636 from Suncor Energy Operating Inc. (Suncor). The AER is reviewing these applications and supporting documents.

This notice sets out the deadline for filing statements of concern on all the applications. See the section below on how to file a statement of concern for filing dates.

Description of the Applications

Suncor has applied on behalf of Fort Hills Energy Corporation under sections 10 and 13 of OSCA to amend OSCA approval 9241E, under sections 66 and 70 of EPEA to amend EPEA approval 151469-01-00, and under section 42(1)(b)(i) of the WA to amend WA approval 151636-01-00 for the Fort Hills mine. These amendments have been requested in order to

  • modify the mine plan to optimize the pit configuration and sequencing,
  • align the mine plan with the tailings management plan,
  • improve saline basal-water management, and
  • update the reclamation and closure plan.

The Fort Hills mine is located about 80 kilometres (km) north of Fort McMurray and about 25 km north of Fort McKay, within Townships 96, 97, and 98; Ranges 9, 10, and 11; West of the 4th Meridian, in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Suncor Energy Inc.
P.O. Box 2844
150 – 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3E3
Attention: Jason Heisler
Telephone: 403-296-3608
Email: @email

To view OSCA application 1881217 and the supporting documents, visit the Integrated Application Registry available under Systems & Tools on the AER website,, and enter the application number.

To receive a copy of all 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)
Email: @email


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 April 5, 2017. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Suncor 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
Email: @email

Contents of a Statement of Concern

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

  • why you believe you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications;
  • the nature of your objection to the applications;
  • the outcome of the applications you advocate;
  • 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
  • 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 are 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 authorizations specialist, Tyler Wudrick, by phone at 403-297-8841 or by email to @email.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on March 6, 2017.
Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel