Notice of Rescheduling of Hearing
Proceeding ID 387
TAQA North Ltd
Regulatory Appeal of Cancelled Reclamation Certificate
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will hold a public hearing at Govier Hall, 3rd Floor,
250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, starting on April 22, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. for a regulatory appeal of the cancellation of reclamation certificate 104817. All parties must be present to register at the start of the hearing. The hearing will be webcast at www.meetview.com/aer.
The AER had scheduled a public hearing for the regulatory appeal at Govier Hall starting on March 31, 2020. The AER received a request from the parties to reschedule the hearing and agreed to grant the request.
Description of the Proceeding
TAQA North Ltd (TAQA) was issued reclamation certificate 104817 for a well site in Legal Subdivision 7, Section 15, Township 73, Range 5, West of the 4th Meridian, about 12 kilometres from Grand Prairie (see map below). The AER issued the reclamation certificate on June 18, 2016.
On January 9, 2018, the AER Closure and Liability Branch conducted an audit of subsurface conditions at the well site.
The Closure and Liability Branch cancelled the reclamation certificate on April 4, 2019, stating that the audit results indicated that the well site did not meet the Alberta Tier 1 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines for hydrocarbons, trace elements, and salinity.
On May 2, 2019, TAQA submitted 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, of the AER's decision to cancel reclamation certificate 104817, alleging that the reasons for the cancellation are invalid.
The AER granted TAQA's request for regulatory appeal on August 26, 2019.
The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether the AER should confirm, vary, suspend, or revoke its decision to cancel the reclamation certificate.
Where can I find information about the hearing?
To receive a copy of the hearing materials, or find out more about AER procedures, contact
Tara Wheaton, Hearing Coordinator
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on February 27, 2020.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR