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Notice of Application
CCA Application 1913374
EPEA Application 036-11066
Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC
Coal Valley Mine

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Coal Conservation Act (CCA) application 1913374 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 036-11066 from Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC (PMRU) for its Coal Valley mine.

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

Description of the Applications
PMRU has applied under sections 11 and 13 of the CCA to amend licence C90-2 and under sections 66 and 70 of EPEA to amend approval No. 00011066-02-09 for the Coal Valley mine. The amendments are to

  • resume mining operations in pit 26 after 13 years of inactivity,
  • modify the mine plan to expand pit 26 based on an updated resource model,
  • align the mine’s existing water management plan with the modified mine plan,
  • construct three dump sites,
  • construct a new settling pond, and
  • update the reclamation and closure plan.

The mine is located about 100 kilometres south of Edson, in Township 47, Range 19, West of the 5th Meridian.

For a copy of the applications, contact

Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC
Westmoreland Coal Company – Coal Valley Mine
PO Box 6780
Edson, Alberta  T7E 1V2
Attention: Brandon McGlone
Telephone: 780-794-8215
Email: BMcGlone@westmoreland.com 

To receive a copy of the applications and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at www1.aer.ca/ProductCatalogue/ordering.html, to

AER Order Fulfillment
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 0)
Email: InformationRequest@aer.ca

Refer to this notice when requesting information for a faster response.

Copies of the applications will also be available at

Alberta Government Library
44 Capital Boulevard
11th Floor, 10044 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5E6
Telephone: 780-427-2985 (toll free: 780-310-0000)

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 October 17, 2018. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC 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: SOC@aer.ca 

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

  • why you believe that 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 that you advocate;
  • 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
  • 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.

Confidentiality
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 www.aer.ca.

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.

For information on AER procedures, contact the authorizations specialist, Aman Ahlawat, by phone at 403-297-8959 or by email to aman.ahlawat@aer.ca.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on September 17, 2018.

ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR
Charlene Graham, General Counsel