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Suncor’s Response to AWA’s Request for Reconsideration for the Approval of the MLWC Operational Plan

May 31, 2023

On May 31, 2023, AWA received Suncor Energy’s reply submission to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), in response to AWA’s initial request for reconsideration for the AER’s approval of Suncor’s McClelland Lake Wetland Complex Operational Plan.

According to the submission, Suncor states that AWA’s request [for reconsideration] “should be dismissed” based on the following:

  1. AWA’s historic and continued refusal to participate in the Sustainability Committee and engage
    with SEOI;
  2. parties must utilize available appeal mechanisms;
  3. reconsideration is an extraordinary remedy saved for the rarest circumstances – the circumstances for which do not exist here;
  4. AWA is not directly and adversely affected by the Operational Plan;
  5. AWA has failed to demonstrate any error in the Decision; and
  6. AWA has not adduced any new, compelling, significant, or extraordinary information.

Click the link(s) below to view the full version PDF of Suncor’s submission and attachments:



According to the letter AWA received from the AER dated April 18, 2023, AWA now has until Friday June 9, 2023, to provide another reply submission to the AER as part of this process.

AWA is formulating our response, which will be submitted to the AER by the deadline of June 9, 2023.

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