Notice Notice of Hearing
Notice of Hearing
Commission of the Canada Energy Regulator
Imperial Oil Norman Wells NWT Ltd.
Application for Construction and Operation of a Waste Management Facility (WMF)
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.
The CER has received an application for the construction and operation of a waste management facility (WMF) from Imperial Oil Norman Wells NWT Ltd. (Imperial), pursuant to paragraph 5(1)(b) of the COGOA.
Imperial proposes to construct and operate a WMF that will be used for the long term and secure containment of non-treatable soils and wastes generated by closure and reclamation activities in relation to the NWO. The application includes the construction of two proposed phases of the WMF, the near term (Phase 1) and the final build-out (Phase 2), as well as all ancillary infrastructure, including monitoring systems, access roads, and drainage structures. According to the application, development of the WMF is required to support the progressive reclamation efforts that Imperial is currently undertaking and will continue to progress during the period leading up to closure. The project is located within the boundaries of the Town of Norman Wells, inside an area designated for Heavy Industrial Development in the Norman Wells Proven Area.
Participation in the Hearing
The Commission of the Canada Energy Regulator (Commission) will hold a public hearing for the Project if the Application is found to be sufficiently complete. If so, a Hearing Order would be issued outlining the hearing steps and deadlines, as well as guidance.
There are two manners in which to participate in such a public hearing:
• A commenter may share their views with the Commission in a letter of comment. They cannot be asked questions about their letter of comment, nor can they ask questions about Imperial’s or intervenors’ written evidence or provide argument.
• 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 any questions asked about their evidence.
Intervenors must register to participate in the hearing at www.cer-rec.gc.ca/participate. Registration will be open for three weeks, beginning on 1 March 2022. Registrations must be submitted on or before 21 March 2022. Commenters are not required to register; however, commenters can sign up to be notified by email when commenting opens at the above link.
If you need any support in registering, please contact Tony Epp, Process Advisor, by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (587) 834-1421 or 1-800-899-1265.
Funding will be available to Indigenous peoples and organizations to participate in the hearing process.
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