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Notice of Application
OSCA Application 1885990
EPEA Application 015-00020809
WA Applications 013-00071821 and 020-00071828
Shell Canada Limited
Muskeg River Mine

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)application 1885990, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 015-00020809,and Water Act (WA) applications 013-00071821 and 020-00071828 for the transfer of a licence and approvals for Shell Canada Limited’s (Shell’s) Muskeg River mine. The AER is reviewing the applications concurrently.

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

Description of the Applications
Shell has applied under section 13 of OSCA, sections 80 and 54 of the WA, and sections 75 and 85 of EPEA to transfer the following licence and approvals for the Muskeg River mine to Canadian Natural Upgrading Limited:

  • OSCA scheme approval 8512G,
  • WA licence 0071821-01-00,
  • WA approval 0071828-00-00, and
  • EPEA approval 20809-01-00.

Shell has also applied to transfer the financial security program submission for the Muskeg River mine.

Shell’s Muskeg River mine is located about 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, within Townships 94 and 95; Ranges 8, 9, and 10; West of the 4th Meridian, in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Shell Canada Energy
400 – 4th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3T6
Attention: Scott Wytrychowski
Telephone: 403-691-3167
Email: @email

To view OSCA application 1885990 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 the applications, 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 May 29, 2017. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Shell 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

a) why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications;

b) the nature of your objection to the applications;

c) the outcome of the applications that you advocate;

d) the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource activity that is the subject of the applications; and

e) 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 authorizations specialist, Rob Cruickshank, by phone at 403-297-2899 or by email to @email.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on April 28, 2017.

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