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Notice of Hearing
Proceeding ID 439
Greenfire Resources Operating Corporation
Open-Loop Ground Source Heat Exchange Cooling System
Hangingstone Demonstration SAGD Project

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing of application 1942717. This notice sets out how to request to participate in the hearing. The hearing will be scheduled later or, if there are no participants, the AER may cancel the hearing and decide on the application without further notice.

Description of the Application
Greenfire Resources Operating Corporation (Greenfire) applied under Draft Directive 023: Oil Sands Project Application for a Category 2 amendment to Scheme Approval No. 8788 for the Hangingstone Demonstration SAGD Project. Specifically, Greenfire is seeking approval to install an open-loop ground source heat exchange cooling system. The system includes four horizontal wells drilled into the Clearwater Formation, and the installation of heat exchangers and other associated surface equipment. The intent of the system is to cool off emulsion and vapour returns from SAGD wells.

Where can I find information about the application and the hearing?
To receive a copy of the hearing materials, view the materials in person, or find out more about AER procedures, contact the hearing coordinator.

Andrew Lung, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Email: @email
Phone: 403-297-6797

Greenfire Resources Operating Corporation
Bow Valley Square 2, Suite 1900
205 – 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 2V7
Attention: Salim Jagirdhar
Email: @email
Phone: 403-213-6760

How can I apply to participate in the hearing?
You must file a written request to participate, even if you have already filed a statement of concern with the AER. Requests to participate are placed on the public record of this proceeding.

Your request to participate must contain

  1.  a copy of your statement of concern or an explanation why you did not file one;
  2. a concise statement indicating
    1. why and how you may be directly and adversely affected by the AER’s decision on the application, or
    2. if you will not be directly and adversely affected by a decision on the application, explain
      • what the nature of your interest in the matter is and why you should be permitted to participate,
      • how your participation will materially assist the AER in deciding the matter that is the subject of the hearing,
      • how you have a tangible interest in the subject matter of the hearing,
      • how your participation will not unnecessarily delay the hearing, and
      • how you will not repeat or duplicate evidence presented by other parties;
  3. the outcome of the application that you advocate;
  4. the nature and scope of your intended participation;
  5. your contact information;
  6. if you are acting on behalf of a group or association of people, the nature of your membership in the group or association; and
  7. your efforts, if any, to resolve issues associated with the proceeding directly with the applicant.

Send one copy of the request to Greenfire and one copy to the hearing coordinator. Submissions should be PDF documents with bookmarks, page numbers (with the first page in the document being numbered page one), and optical character recognition.

Filing deadlines

September 5, 2023

Final date to file a request to participate.

September 12, 2023

Final date for response from the applicant on any requests to participate.

Is this a public process?
Yes. Section 49 of the Rules of Practice requires that all documents and information filed for a proceeding be placed on the public record. 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. You should assume that anything you submit will be available online to the public. Section 49(2) of the Rules of Practice states how to apply to the AER for an order to keep information confidential. Any request to keep information confidential must be made before that information is filed with the AER.

If my request to participate is approved, can I apply to get reimbursed for hearingrelated costs?
If you are participating in a hearing, you may be eligible to have some of your costs paid.
Directive 031: REDA Energy Cost Claims explains how and when to apply.

What is outside of the AER’s jurisdiction?
Compensation for land use is not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Land and Property Rights Tribunal (formerly the Surface Rights Board).

Crown consultation with Alberta’s First Nations and Métis settlements and assessment of its adequacy are managed by the Aboriginal Consultation Office.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on August 28, 2023.

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