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Notice of Application
CCA Application 1938566
EPEA Application 014-00301345
Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd.
Vista Coal Project

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Coal Conservation Act (CCA)application 1938566 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 014-00301345 from Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. (Coalspur) for its Vista Mine. The AER is reviewing these applications together with the supporting documents.

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

Description of the Applications
Coalspur has applied under the CCA to amend the coal processing plant approval C 2011-3I and EPEA approval 00301345-00-00, as amended to make changes to the dust control system from baghouses to a spray dust suppression system in the coal processing areas.

The Vista Mine currently consists of two parallel open pits, a coal processing plant, and various mine infrastructure located east of the town of Hinton, in Townships 50 and 51, Ranges 22–24, West of the 5th Meridian.

For a copy of the applications, contact

Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd.
PO Box 6146
Hinton, AB T7V 1X5
Attention: Ian Shaw
Telephone: 902-563-6853
Fax: 780-865-3316
Email: @email

Or you can 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.

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 August 8, 2022. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. at the name and address above and one copy to

Regulatory Applications 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. This includes any filed statements of concern. 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 regulatory applications specialist, Rachel McMillan, by phone at 780-642-9114 or by email to @email.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on July 6, 2022.
Sean Sexton, General Counsel