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CCA Application 1925597, 1925598, and 1925599
EPEA Application 007-301345
WA Application 004-00311969
Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd.
Vista Mine

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Coal Conservation Act (CCA) applications 1925597, 1925598, and 1925599, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 007-301345, and Water Act (WA) application 004-00311969 from Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. (Coalspur) for its Vista Mine. The AER is reviewing these applications together with the supporting documents.

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

Description of the Applications
For the Vista Mine, Coalspur has applied under

  • sections 11 and 13 of CCA to amend CCA licences C2011-3D, C2011-5D, and C2014-7C;
  • sections 66 and 70 of EPEA to amend EPEA approval 301345-00-00; and
  • section 42 of WA to amend WA approval 00311969-00-00.

These amendments are to install and operate a new refuse settlement treatment system, and to convert a portion of the mined-out McPherson pit to a dam for the storage, settling, dewatering, and reclamation of the coarse and fine refuse from the coal processing plant. The amendments also allow use of the north dump for coarse and fine refuse disposal.

The Vista Mine is about 10 kilometres east of Hinton, in Townships 50 and 51, Ranges 22, 23, and 24, West of the 5th Meridian.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. – Vista Mine  
110 MacLeod Avenue
P.O. Box 6146
Hinton, Alberta  T7V 1X5
Attention: Andrew Hutchison, EP
Telephone: 780-817-8198
Email: @email

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)
Email: @email

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 notice.

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 December 23, 2019. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Coalspur 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 that 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 that you advocate;
  4. 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
  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, Rabin Thanju, by phone at 403-297-7593 or by email to @email.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on November 21, 2019.
Charlene Graham, General Counsel