Amended Notice of Hearing
Proceedings 384 and 386
Pure Environmental Waste Management Ltd.
Note: This amended notice of hearing replaces the notice of hearing issued on July 2, 2019, for proceeding 384 and is the notice of hearing for proceeding 386. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a hearing to consider the applications described below (proceeding 384) after which it will consider the regulatory appeal described below (proceeding 386).
The AER will hold a public hearing for proceedings 384 and 386. Requests to participate have already been received for proceeding 384. This amended notice of hearing sets out how to request to participate in proceeding 386. The hearing will be scheduled after requests to participate are filed for proceeding 386. If there are no participants for proceeding 386, the AER may cancel proceeding 386 without further notice and proceed with a hearing in respect of proceeding 384.
Description of Proceeding 384
- Pure Environmental Waste Management Ltd. (Pure Environmental) applied under the Public Lands Act for two disposal well sites and two class V frozen accesses.
- Under the Pipeline Act, Pure Environmental applied for one pipeline to carry salt water. The proposed pipeline would be 19.77 kilometres (km) long, with a maximum outside diameter of 183.2 millimetres (mm) and a maximum hydrogen sulphide (H2S) concentration of 0.0 moles per kilomole (mol/kmol).
- Under Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules, Pure Environmental applied for two injection wells for brine, waste, and water. The proposed injection wells would be in the Keg River Formation with a maximum H2S concentration of 0.0 mol/kmol.
- Under Section 39 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act and Directive 065: Resources Applications for Oil and Gas Reservoirs, Pure Environmental applied for disposal in the Hangingstone Field in three proposed disposal wells with a maximum H2S concentration of 0.0 mol/kmol.
The project would be located in the Lower Athabasca region, about 25 to 40 km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta. See table 1 at the end of this notice for a summary of the applications in proceeding 384.
Description of Proceeding 386
On February 27, 2019, the AER received a request for a regulatory appeal, under Division 3 of the Responsible Energy Development Act and Part 3 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice), of the AER's decision to approve Pure Environmental's application 1910942 to construct and operate the Hangingstone oilfield waste management facility (the facility). The facility would consist of two disposal wells, two deep salt caverns, and processing and separation equipment. Cavern operations would accept upstream oil and gas waste with no hydrogen sulphide. Waste streams would be injected into the caverns for the purpose of separation and oil recovery.
The AER granted the request for regulatory appeal on July 9, 2019. The AER will hold a public hearing to determine whether the AER should confirm, vary, suspend, or revoke its decision to approve application 1910942.
Where can I find information about proceedings 384 and 386?
To view or receive a copy of the hearing materials, or for information on AER procedures, contact
Tammy Turner, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
How can I apply to participate in Proceeding 386?
Suncor Energy Inc., the AER Authorizations Group, and Pure Environmental are parties to proceeding 386. As parties, they may participate in the hearing and do not need to submit a request to participate. However, they must confirm their intention to participate in the hearing and the nature and scope of their participation by 4:00 p.m. on October 1, 2019.
If you are not already a party to proceeding 386 and want to participate in the hearing, you must submit a written request to participate. Requests to participate are placed on the public record of the hearing.
Your request to participate must contain
- a copy of your statement of concern, if applicable;
- a concise statement indicating
- why you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the regulatory appeal , or
- if you will not be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the regulatory appeal, 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 subject matter of the regulatory appeal,
- how you have a tangible interest in the subject matter of the regulatory appeal,
- how your participation will not unnecessarily delay the regulatory appeal, and
- how you will not repeat or duplicate the evidence presented by the other parties in the regulatory appeal;
- the outcome of the regulatory appeal that you advocate;
- the nature and scope of your intended participation;
- your contact information;
- if you have a representative, their contact information;
- if you are acting on behalf of a group or association of persons, the nature of your membership in the group or association; and
- your efforts, if any, to resolve issues associated with the proceeding directly with the party requesting the appeal or the approval holder, as the case may be.
Send the request to the hearing coordinator. Submissions should be PDF documents with bookmarks, page numbers, and optical character recognition.
|October 1, 2019||Final date to file a request to participate|
|October 8, 2019||Final date to submit responses to any request 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.
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 Alberta Surface Rights Board.
Consultation with Alberta's First Nations and Métis settlements and assessment of its adequacy are managed by the Aboriginal Consultation Office.
Table 1. Details of the applications
|934887||Application under the Pipeline Act for the construction of the proposed pipeline.|
|Applications under section 39 of Oil and Gas Conservation Act and Directive 065 for Class I disposal.|
|1918260 and 1919152||Applications under Directive 056 for two new single injection wells.|
|MSL181075 and MSL190384||Applications under the Public Lands Act for mineral surface leases for wellsite disposal.|
|LOC181213 and LOC190487||Applications under the Public Lands Act for frozen access.|
Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on September 17, 2019.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR