Grand Rapids Pipeline Project Oral Hearing to Consider Grand Rapids’ Compliance with Condition 11 of 2014 ABAER 012
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing to consider Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd.’s (Grand Rapids’) compliance with condition 11 of Decision 2014 ABAER 012: Grand Rapids Pipeline GP Ltd., Applications for the Grand Rapids Pipeline Project, at the AER Head Office, Govier Hall, 3rd Floor, 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, starting on December 8, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. The hearing will also be webcast at www.meetview.com/aer. This webcast will only be available when the hearing is in progress. It will not be an official record of the proceeding.
The AER had scheduled a public proceeding to start on August 26, 2015. The AER received a request from the parties to the proceeding to adjourn the hearing and agreed to grant the request.
Reason for the Hearing
The AER held a public hearing for the applications for the Grand Rapids Pipeline Project. The hearing closed on July 18, 2014, and the panel issued Decision 2014 ABAER 012 on October 9, 2014. The panel approved the applications with certain exceptions and imposed 26 conditions on the project.
Condition 11 of Decision 2014 ABAER 012 states the following:
Grand Rapids must not construct or carry out any incidental activities, including clearing or preparing the ROW, for the segments of the main lines between LSD 16-6-056-20W4M and SE 28-055-21W4M unless Grand Rapids satisfies the panel that the applied-for route is the superior route. Grand Rapids must conduct an analysis of at least one alternative pipeline route that avoids the MEG [MEG Energy Corp.] lands located in Sections 26, 27, and 35 of Township 055-21W4M and the lands located along the north side of the CN rail line and within Strathcona County's heavy industrial policy area that Grand Rapids is prepared to construct. The analysis must include a comparison of the identified alternative route with the currently applied-for route and detailed information on any stakeholder concerns. Once the analysis is complete, Grand Rapids must submit it to the panel for review. Upon review, the panel may require further analysis, direct Grand Rapids to file an amendment application for the alternative route, or permit Grand Rapids to proceed with the currently applied-for route if it is satisfied it is the most suitable one.
Grand Rapids filed its submission in response to condition 11 on April 16, 2015.
The panel has determined that MEG and Grand Rapids are the only parties in this compliance hearing. The parties asked that the panel conduct an oral hearing to consider condition 11. The panel agreed to the request and scheduled an oral hearing to consider the matter.
To view the application and supporting documents, use the Proceeding Search tool available under Systems & Tools on the AER website, www.aer.ca, and enter Proceeding ID 334.
For information on AER procedures, contact the hearing coordinator, Jennifer Koppe, by phone at 403-297-8288 or by e-mail to Hearing.Services@aer.ca.
Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on August 17, 2015.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR