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Notice of Application
OSCA Application 1923891
EPEA Application 051-00000026
Water Act Applications 013-00251073 and 013-00048398
Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Aurora North Oil Sands Mine

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) application 1923891, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 051-00000026, and Water Act applications 013-00251073 and 013-00048398 from Syncrude Canada Ltd. (Syncrude). This notice sets out the deadline for filing a statement of concern under the section How to File a Statement of Concern.

Description of the Applications
Syncrude has applied under OSCA, EPEA, and the Water Act to amend the OSCA scheme footprint, the EPEA approval boundary, and the Water Act fenceline for the Aurora North Oil Sands Mine to include the West 1 (W1) common boundary pillar. The pillar extends about 3 kilometres (km) west of the Aurora North mine plant site and about 200 metres (m) south of the current lease boundary and is located in Sections 33 to 35, Township 95, Range 10, West of the 4th Meridian.

The applications are being made in response to a lease boundary optimization agreement between Syncrude and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) on behalf of Canadian Natural Upgrading Ltd. (CNUL).

For a copy of the applications, contact
Syncrude Canada Ltd.
P.O. Bag 4009, MD Y201
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 3L1
Attention: Jack Law
Telephone: 587-956-6722
E-mail: @email

To view the applications and supporting documents, use the Integrated Application Registry (IAR) query tool available under Systems & Tools on the AER website, To receive a copy of the applications and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at, to

AER Information Distribution Services
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 0)
Fax: 403-297-7040
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 application 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 14, 2019.

Send one copy of your statement of concern to Syncrude Canada Ltd. 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

  1. why you believe you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the applications;
  2. the nature of your objection to the applications;
  3. the outcome of the applications you advocate;
  4. 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
  5. 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, Corey MacGarva, by phone at 780-642-9342 or by email to @email.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on September 12, 2019.
Charlene Graham, General Counsel