WHEREAS Alberta Energy Utility Board (AEUB) regulations require that companies applying for oil, gas, coal methane drilling permits or permits to install pipelines must negotiate with landowners and submit proof to AEUB that an agreement has been reached including location of the facility and type of operation; andWHEREAS through the present process, a land owner has a time period of 14 days from notification that the completed application package is being submitted to AEUB to object to the any aspect of the application; andWHEREAS due to the multi-faceted diversification of farms and other business operations in rural Alberta, land owners are not always being available to respond quickly to applications for AEUB permits and 14 days is not a sufficient time period for response;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties work with the Government to have the time for filing of objections on an Alberta Energy and Utilities Board application amended from 14 days to 31 days.
The AAMDC has no current resolutions or background pertaining to this issue.
The ERCB responded that the 14-day time period was intended to allow potentially affected parties an opportunity to receive information, consider, and respond to a proponent. Further, should the landowner be unable to respond within this period, they have the opportunity to contact the proponent to request a sutiable period. This AAMDC continues to believe that this response is unsatisfactory. Although a provision for requesting a lengthened timeframe in which to file an extension is available, the ability to request the extension and the surety of receiving that extension are not one and the same. The AAMDC will bring this resolution forward through formal ministerial meetings.