Notice Notice of Hearing
NOTICE OF HEARING
Commission of the Canada Energy Regulator
Notice of Hearing OH-001-2023
Imperial Oil Resources N.W.T. Limited
Application for Variance of Operations Authorization 1210-001
The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is responsible for regulating oil and gas activities under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act (COGOA) in the Norman Wells Proven Area (Proven Area) in the Northwest Territories.
The CER is in receipt of an application from Imperial Oil Resources N.W.T. Limited (Imperial) dated 1 November 2023, to vary Operations Authorization 1210-001 (OA), in accordance with subsection 5(6) of the COGOA and section 383 of the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (Project).
Imperial is seeking to extend the current term of the OA for an additional ten years (to the end of 2034) to allow for the continuation of Imperial’s operations at the Norman Wells Operations (NWO). Imperial has stated that it is not proposing any alterations to the NWO operational footprint or industrial processes; it is similarly not seeking authorization for any closure activities. Details can be found on the CER public registry under Filing C27037 (https://apps.cer-rec.gc.ca/REGDOCS/Item/View/4416597).
The Project is located within the boundaries of the Proven Area, within the Town of Norman Wells and the Mackenzie River in the Sahtu Settlement Area.The Proven Area includes equipment, facilities, and operations on: Goose Island, most of Bear Island and a portion of Frenchy’s Island, six artificial islands and a portion of the mainland.
The Project Map below shows the location of the NWO.
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Participation in the Hearing
The Commission of the CER will hold a public hearing for the Project. There are two ways in which to participate in this public hearing:
1. A commenter may share their views with the Commission in a letter of comment; they cannot be asked questions about their letter of comment. A commenter is not allowed to ask questions about any evidence submitted by Imperial or intervenors, or to provide argument.
2. An intervenor may file written evidence, ask questions about Imperial’s and other intervenors’ evidence, and provide argument. An intervenor that files written evidence must answer questions asked about their evidence (from the Commission, Imperial or other intervenors).
Anyone interested in becoming an intervenor must register to participate in the hearing at www.cer-rec.gc.ca/participate. Registration will be open for six weeks, beginning on 11 December 2023. Registrations must be submitted on or before 22 January 2024. Additional process information will be provided at a later stage, regarding hearing steps and deadlines, as well as additional guidance on participation.
Commenters are not required to register. However, commenters can sign up to be notified by email when the comment period opens at the above link.
If you need any support in registering, please contact Tony Epp, Process Advisor, by email at NWO.email@example.com or by telephone at (587) 834-1421 or 1-800-899-1265. Indigenous Peoples and organizations registered to participate in the hearing process may apply for participant funding on or before 22 January 2024. Further information and forms regarding participant funding can be found at www.cer-rec.gc.ca/pfp
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