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Notice of Application
Oil Sands Conservation Act Application 1941151
Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Application 012-00141258
Strathcona Resources Ltd.
Orion Thermal Project

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) application 1941151 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) application 012-00141258 from Strathcona Resources Ltd. (Strathcona). 

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

Description of the Applications
The Orion Thermal Project (Orion) is located within Sections 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, Township 064, Range 03, West of the 4th Meridian and has an approved annual average daily production limit of 25 000 barrels per day utilizing steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology. Strathcona has applied under OSCA for a temporary variance to Interim Directive 2001-03 Sulphur Recovery Guidelines for the Province of Alberta until December 31, 2023, and EPEA to facilitate the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of a Sulphur Recovery Unit (SRU) and associated sulphur management plan at Orion.

For a copy of the applications, contact
Strathcona Resources Ltd.
Suite 1900, 421-7th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 4K9
Attention: Heather Harms
Telephone: 403-930-4000
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 

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 by 11:59 p.m. on December 27, 2022. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Strathcona Resources Ltd. at the name and address above and one copy either online via the AER’s web-based form or by mail or email:


Mail or email:
Regulatory Applications 
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 application 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 application; 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 number 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 Land and Property Rights Tribunal (formerly the 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, , Julie Lack, by phone at 587-689-5808 or by email to @email.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on November 24, 2022.