Notice of Application: Cold Lake Expansion Project, Imperial Oil Resources Limited

Amended Notice of Application
OSCA Application No. 1824496
EPEA Application No. 001-00365252
Murphy Oil Company Ltd. 
Peace River Oil Sands

Note: The initial notice of application was issued on March 2, 2015, and set out a deadline of April 1, 2015, for filing a statement of concern. Murphy Oil Company Ltd. has amended its original applications to increase the applied-for project area.  This notice sets out a new deadline for filing a statement of concern.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA)Application No. 1824496 and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 001-00365252 from Murphy Oil Company Ltd. (Murphy) for approval of the Murphy Seal Central Horizontal Cyclic Steam Stimulation (HCSS) Demonstration Project in the Peace River Oil Sands Area.

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

Description of the Applications
Murphy has applied under OSCA and EPEA to construct, operate, and reclaim the Seal Central HCSS Demonstration Project. The project would consist of six well pads and would be designed to produce an average of 1980 cubic metres per day (12 450 barrels per day) of bitumen.

For a copy of the applications, contact

Murphy Oil Company Ltd. 
PO Box 2721, Station M 
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3Y3
Attention: Craig Popoff 
Telephone: 403-294-8952
E-mail: [email protected]

To view the applications and supporting documents, use the Integrated Application Registry (IAR) available under Systems & Tools on the AER website, To receive a copy of the applications and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at, to

AER Order Fulfillment 
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 2)
E-mail: [email protected]

Requirement to File a Statement of Concern
If you have concerns with this application, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER may approve the application without notifying you.

How to File a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on April 20, 2016.

Send one copy of your statement of concern to Murphy Oil Company Ltd. at the name and address above and one copy to

Authorizations Branch
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4 
Fax: 403-297-7336
E-mail: [email protected]

Contents of a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include

  1. why you believe that 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 applications that you advocate;
  4. the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource activity that is the subject of the applications; and
  5. your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and e-mail address or, if you do not have an e-mail address, your fax number.

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 Alberta 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

In Situ Subsurface Authorizations 
Attention: Clay Hopper
Telephone: 403-297-2886
E-mail: [email protected]

For information on EPEA procedures, contact

In Situ EPEA Authorizations 
Attention: Rebecca Keeler
Telephone: 403-297-4039
E-mail: [email protected]  

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on March 21, 2016.

Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C., General Counsel