The removal of natural gas from the province of Alberta is governed by the Gas Resources Preservation Act (GRPA). A major reason for gas removal permits is to control the amount of gas leaving the province and thereby ensure that Albertans have an adequate supply.
In accordance with the GRPA, long-term gas removal permits
Under the GRPA, any party wishing to remove natural gas or ethane from Alberta must apply to the AER under section 2 of the GRPA for a permit to authorize the removal of gas. No AER permits are required to take propanes, butanes, pentanes, other natural gas liquids, or oil out of Alberta. No permits from the AER are required to import gas into the province.
The AER allows each company to hold one active long-term gas removal permit. The applicant is not required to give notification of its intent to apply for a long-term gas removal permit or an amendment to a permit. However, the AER does publish notice of any long-term gas removal application in major provincial newspapers as part of processing the application. Any statements of concern about the application that are submitted to the AER may lead to a public hearing to consider the application.
Long-term gas removal applications require approval of both the Lieutenant Governor in Council and the AER for a permit to be issued.
The following outlines the process to follow to get approval for a long-term gas removal permit. It includes links to application procedures and guidance documents.
The applicant will submit its new, amendment, or rescission long-term gas removal permit application through electronic applications submission (EAS). Applications are registered using the Integrated Application Registry (IAR), and all material related to an application is stored in this system. In addition to the application process through EAS, the forms from Appendix G - Gas and Ethane Removal Forms from Directive 065 must be printed out, filled in, scanned, and attached to the electronic long-term gas removal application through EAS.
After the application is received, it will be reviewed for completeness under Directive 065 requirements and the GRPA. If the application is determined to be incomplete, the application will be closed and returned with an explanation. If the application is determined to be complete, a review will be conducted as follows: