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									               In this issue:                                                                                                                 January 2003
               Recent EUB Publications
               and Decisions . . . . . . . . . . .   ......   2    New complaint process in place for EPCOR’s
               Enforcement ladders key tool in                     RRO customers in the Aquila service area
               industry compliance . . . . . . . . . . . 3
                                                                         LECTRICITY CONSUMERS IN                believe their bill inaccurately reflects
               Applications Summary . . . . .         .....   3    E     EPCOR’s Aquila service area may
                                                                   receive a $75 credit on their electricity
                                                                                                                the electricity they used, also known as
                                                                                                                consumption. The EUB will assess the
               Questions, Complaints,                              bill if consumption mistakes go unre-        complaint and decide if it should be for-
               Problems? Who to Contact . .           . . . . .4   solved.                                      warded to EPCOR.
                                                                      In early November, the Alberta              If EPCOR does not resolve the com-
               Pending Decisions . . . . . .     ........     4    Government passed a new regulation           plaint within 60 days of receiving it
                                                                   requiring a utility to compensate its cus-   from the EUB, or if the original bill was
                                                                   tomers when bills inaccurately represent     found to be significantly inaccurate,
                                                                   the amount of electricity used. Due to a     then customers may receive a $75 credit
                                                                   large number of consumer complaints,         on their account.
Kids explore the world of oil                                      Energy Minister Murray Smith                   This new complaint process applies
      and gas on line                                              determined that EPCOR’s RRO cus-             only to
                                                                   tomers in the Aquila Networks Canada           • EPCOR RRO customers in the
On the EUB’s new children’s Web site, RO-VR the                    service area will be compensated for             Aquila service area;
EnerBot and Enerbuddies Emmy and Nick take kids                    billing errors.                                • EPCOR/Aquila electricity bills
on a journey through time to show the amazing                         The regulation allows customers to            issued on December 2, 2002, or
world of petroleum. Whether it’s by making a                       file a complaint with the EUB if they            later; and             (continued on page 2)
sedimentary sandwich or figuring out the best route
to lay a pipeline, kids will learn without even
realizing it!                                                      Are you an EPCOR RRO customer in the Aquila service area?
                                                                   Check your bill to find out.
Log onto <www.eubkidzone.gov.ab.ca> and
encourage your kids to start exploring the world of
oil and gas.




About the EUB
Our mission is to ensure that the discovery,
development, and delivery of Alberta’s resources
take place in a manner that is fair, responsible,
and in the public interest. We regulate oil, natural
gas, oil sands, coal, hydro and electric energy,
pipelines, and transmission line development.
On the utilities side, we regulate investor-owned
natural gas, electric, and water utilities to ensure
that customers receive safe and reliable service at
just and reasonable rates. Regulation is done
through four core functions: adjudication and
regulation, applications, surveillance and
enforcement, and information.
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                                                                                                             New complaint process in place for
For Your Information...
                                                                                                             EPCOR’s RRO customers in the Aquila
Recent EUB Publications                               November 20: Decision 2002-098: The EUB issues         service area            (con’t from page 1)
                                                      a decision for ATCO Electric Ltd regarding a depre-
                                                      ciation adjustment for its isolated generating units
Interim Directives                                                                                              • bills that inaccurately reflect the
                                                      to the end of 2000. The depreciation adjustment
December 4: Draft IL: Enforcement: EUB Enforce- payment due to ATCO Electric because of a change                  amount of electricity used.
ment Process, Generic Enforcement Ladder, and                                                                     Bills issued before December 2,
                                                      in depreciation method will allow the book value of
Field Surveillance Enforcement Ladder, a draft IL for these generating units to be brought in line with      2002, are not eligible for this new
review and comment (deadline for feedback: Janu- values to be used subsequent to deregulation of             complaint process. In fact, most bills
ary 20, 2003)                                                                                                received during the first week of the
                                                      the electric industry.
November 15: ID 2002-DRAFT: 1) Isolation Packer November 19: Decision 2002-094: The EUB issues               program (December 2-6) will not be
Testing, Reporting, and Repair Requirements; 2)                                                              eligible, as bills normally take up to a
                                                      a decision for EPCOR Energy Services (Alberta)         week to reach customers by mail.
Surface Casing Vent Flow/Gas Migration Testing,       regarding a securitization agreement for its 2001
Reporting, and Repair Requirements; 3) Casing Fail- Regulated Rate Option balance remaining to be            However, if a past error remains on a
ure Reporting and Repair Requirements (draft for                                                             customer’s bill after the December 2
                                                      collected from customers, known as the shortfall       deadline, the EUB will investigate it.
input)                                                collection charge.                                        If you meet the above qualifications,
                                                      November 19: Decision 2002-095: The EUB issues         you may submit a complaint to the
General Bulletins                                     a decision for ATCO Electric Ltd. in response to an    EUB call centre by telephoning
November 29: GB 2002-18: New Report on Indus- application filed as directed in an earlier EUB deci-          1-866-215-1181, toll free, from Mon-
try Proactive Compliance                              sion. Decision 2002-095 addresses adjustments to       day to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.,
                                                      an asset transfer, certain 2001/2002 outsourcing       and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Publications                                          arrangements, and General Rate Application issues         If a meter reading conducted in
November 29: ST 99: Proactive Compliance Report involving affiliated companies.                              response to a complaint shows that the
2001                                                  November 19: Decision 2002-096: The EUB issues         disputed bill was reasonable and the
November 21: File for Petroleum Registry Users:       a decision for ATCO Pipelines South in response to     EUB considers the complaint to be
Facility ID - Terminal Facilities Not Converted (con- an application filed as directed in two earlier EUB    frivolous or vexatious, the EUB may
tains terminal codes for terminals not converted to decisions. Decision 2002-096 addresses adjust-           order the customer to pay a meter
the Petroleum Registry as of November 20, 2002)       ments to an asset transfer, certain 2001/2002          reading charge of up to $75.
November 8: Public Safety and Sour Gas Quarter- outsourcing arrangements, and General Rate Appli-               Eligible EPCOR customers received
ly Report (July-September 2002)                       cation issues involving affiliated companies.          a pamphlet in their December bills
November 8: Guide 56 - Temporary Process for          November 19: Decision 2002-097: The EUB issues         outlining how to prepare a complaint
Licensing Facilities: For facilities with previous    a decision for ATCO Gas South in response to an        for the EUB.
approvals missed during retrospective licensing       application filed as directed in three earlier EUB        Customers served by other electrici-
and facilities constructed without approvals          decisions. Decision 2002-097 addresses adjust-         ty providers should continue to contact
                                                      ments to General Rate Application issues, an asset     their utility provider with any
                                                      transfer, and certain 2001/2002 outsourcing            concerns about the consumption on
Recent Decisions
                                                      arrangements involving affiliated companies.           their bill.
December 4: Decision 2002-102: ATCO Electric
                                                      November 14: Decision 2002-093: The EUB issues
Ltd. Isolated Generation Reclamation Costs Negoti-
                                                      a decision for TransAlta Utilities Corporation for
ated Settlement — The EUB issues a decision for
                                                      disposition of certain assets that were excluded
ATCO Electric Ltd. regarding the negotiated
                                                      from the sale of its transmission business to
settlement of the isolated generation reclamation
                                                      AltaLink Management Ltd.
application. The settlement addresses reclamation
issues at ATCO Electric Ltd.’s isolated generating
sites.
                                                      News Releases
                                                      November 29: NR 2002-26: EUB Sets Forth
November 26: Decision 2002-100: ATCO Pipelines
                                                      Information Required for Electricity Billing Com-
- Application for a Board Order regarding Nova Gas
                                                      plaints Program Starting December 2, 2002
Transmission Ltd. - Cost of Service Study and Hear-
ing 2003 — The EUB issues a decision for ATCO
Pipelines regarding its application asking the EUB    Recent AGS Publications
to order NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. to file a cost December 3: Map 207D: Quaternary Geology of
of service study by year-end and convene a hearing Southern Alberta (digital version)
in the first quarter of 2003 to review the study.     December 3: Map 213D: Quaternary Geology of
November 26: Decision 2002-101: Centrica Cana- Central Alberta (digital version)
da Limited Application to Construct and Operate a November 12: ESR 2000-01: Structural-Emplace-
Sweet Natural Gas Pipeline and Sweet Oil Effluent ment Model for Kimberlitic Diatremes in Northern
Pipeline, Redwater Area                               Alberta
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                                                                                            Applications Summary
Enforcement ladders key tool in industry                                                    Facilities applications, 2002                                     October
compliance                                                                                  Production facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162
                                                                                            Pipelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1019
     HE EUB'S ENFORCEMENT                     ing consequences for companies. Level
T    process detailed in Informational
Letter (IL) 99-4 establishes guidelines
                                              3 and 4 enforcement actions are required
                                              when there is an initial Serious noncom-
                                                                                            Wells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1218
                                                                                            Total received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2399
                                                                                            Total approved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2133
for EUB enforcement actions when deal-        pliance, and/or this is a repeat Major or
ing with regulatory noncompliance. The        Serious offence, and/or there is a failure    Closed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
purpose of EUB                                                   to respond to the EUB.     Withdrawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
                       The goal of EUB regulatory
requirements is to                                                  In step two, the com-
                       compliance is efficient, accountable                                 Facilities applications, Oct. 2001 - Oct. 2002
ensure orderly and                                               pany enters the
                       energy and utilities industries...
responsible energy                                               enforcement ladder at
development by protecting public safety,      the appropriate level and the EUB
minimizing environmental impacts, and         applies the appropriate action. In step
improving conservation.                       three, the EUB sends correspondence to
  The EUB applies four steps when a           the company outlining what's wrong,
noncompliant event takes place. In step       what's expected, deadline dates, and
one, the EUB determines the conse-            escalating consequences. Step four
quences of noncompliance. A                   begins when a company responds; the
noncompliant event is Major if it results     EUB analyzes the company's response
in an immediate or potential threat to        and either closes the file if the response
public safety, the environment, resource      is acceptable or, if it is not, applies
conservation, has adverse emission            enforcement and/or escalating conse-
impacts, or impacts stakeholders by           quences. The EUB reserves the right to
more than $50,000. A noncompliant             enforce and/or escalate a noncompliance       Resource applications, 2002                                       October
event is Serious if it also demonstrates      issue to any level should conditions war-     Equity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
disregard or fraudulent activity. Minor       rant.                                         (rateable take, common carrier, common purchaser,
noncompliance has impacts or potential           The goal of EUB regulatory compli-         common processor, compulsory pooling, special spacing)
impacts less than Major or Serious.           ance is efficient, accountable energy and     Conservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128
  The Minor, Major, and Serious cate-         utilities industries that desire compli-      (resources – oil, gas, and in situ bitumen; gas removal,
gories all have an enforcement 'ladder'       ance as part of their corporate culture,      enhanced recovery, water disposal, concurrent production,
associated with them that companies are       recognizing that the cost and impact of       underground storage, commingled production, reserves)
placed on when a noncompliant event           noncompliance are too great to ignore.        Depletion administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
takes place. Each ladder has levels,          The EUB believes these industries             (good production practice, penalty relief)
which are like the rungs of the ladder.       should be self-correcting, not                Corporate (transfer) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Each rung, from one to four, has escalat-     self-regulating.                              Mining (coal and mineable oil sands) . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
                                                                                            Total received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250

Revised informational letter on the EUB enforcement process available for                   Total completed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200
stakeholder review
                                                                                            Utilities applications, 2002                                     October

The EUB has prepared a draft informational letter (IL) updating its IL 99-4: EUB            Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Enforcement Process, Generic Enforcement Ladder, and Field Surveillance Enforce-            Gas       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
ment Ladder for stakeholder review. This replacement IL is the result of a scheduled        Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
review of the enforcement process and incorporates experience gained and feedback           Franchises and others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
received from stakeholders. Enhancements in this draft IL include public disclosure of      Total received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Level 3 and Level 4 enforcement information; clarification of what constitutes licens-
                                                                                            Total completed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
ee self-disclosure; detail on acquisitions and the role of enforcement.
                                                                                            Corporate transfers and name changes
Consultation has been conducted through industry review committees and open semi-           applications, 2002               October
nars at the Metropolitan Centre in Calgary. The draft IL on the enforcement process is
posted on the EUB Web site at <www.eub.gov.ab.ca/BBS/enforcement/default.htm>.              Well licence transfers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3074
Feedback regarding the IL is requested by January 20, 2003 and may be forwarded to:         Well licence name changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .679
                                                                                            Pipeline licence transfers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .381
Eric Deegan
                                                                                            Facility licence transfers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159
Corporate Compliance Group, EUB
                                                                                            Total received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4293
640-5 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3G4
                                                                                            Total completed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3490
E-mail: <eric.deegan@gov.ab.ca>, Telephone: (403) 297-6948
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 This list is subject to change at any time, so please check the complete list of upcoming public hearings on                 a c r o s s the board is published by the Alberta Energy
               the EUB Web site at <www.eub.gov.ab.ca/bbs/applications/hearings/hearings.pdf>.                                and Utilities Board (EUB). Information in this publica-
             If you do not have Internet access, contact EUB Information Services at (403) 297-8190.                          tion may be reproduced or quoted without permission
                                                                                                                              as long as the EUB is credited.

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Application No.       Applicant                                       Hearing Purpose                                         contact information. All issues are also available on
1275400               Baytex Energy Ltd.                             Common Carrier/Allocation of Production                  our Web site at <www.eub.gov.ab.ca>.
1275661               PrimeWest Energy Inc.                          Amendment of Existing Allowable Production
                                                                                                                              Tell us how we’re doing
                                                                      Limitation - Dawson Notikewin A Pool
                                                                                                                              Please send your comments and suggestions to
Start Date: January 15 at Govier Hall, Energy and Utilities Board Building, 640-5th Ave SW, Calgary                           <acrosstheboard@gov.ab.ca>.
1280440                PrimeWest Energy Inc.                         Notice of Review Proceeding
                                                                      S. 40 Review - ERCA - Pipeline Licence 33947            For EUB publications or inquiries, contact:
                                                                      Dawson Area                                             EUB Information Services
Start Date: January 22 at Govier Hall, Energy and Utilities Board Building, 640-5th Ave SW, Calgary                           640-5 Avenue SW, Main Floor
1275405                Belair Energy Corp.                           Sour gas well application - Lochend Field                Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G4
Start Date: February 4 (tentative)
                                                                                                                              Telephone: (403) 297-8190* Fax: (403) 297-7040
                                                                                                                              E-mail: <eub.info_services@eub.gov.ab.ca>
                                                                                                                              EUB Web site: <www.eub.gov.ab.ca>
                                                                                                                              Information Services sales and pickup counter service
Pending Decisions                                                                                                             is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phone
                                                                                                                              orders may be placed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30
Application No.       Applicant                                        Hearing Purpose                                        p.m. Please note that most documents may be viewed
1058461 et al.        Anderson Exploration Ltd.                        Approval to produce gas                                at Information Services or on our Web site for free,
1078980               Anderson Exploration Ltd.                        Section 43 review Applications 1069381
                                                                                                                              but there are fees for a paper copy of many publica-
                                                                                                                              tions.
                                                                       and 1069382 - Approval to produce gas
1086353               Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation                 Section 42 review Applications 1039410                 For Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) docu-
                                                                       and 1047055 - Approval to produce gas                  ments on geological research:
1073875               Anderson Exploration Ltd.                        Review of the impact of continued gas                  Information Sales
                                                                       production on bitumen recovery                         4th Floor, Twin Atria, 4999-98th Avenue
1062688 et al.        AEC Oil and Gas (AEC)                            Approval to produce gas
                                                                                                                              Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X3
                                                                                                                              Telephone: (780) 422-2767* Fax: (780) 422-1918
1085736 et al.        BP Canada Energy Company                         Approval to produce gas - Leismer field
                                                                                                                              E-mail: <EUB.AGS-InfoSales@gov.ab.ca>
1085793               Petro-Canada Oil and Gas                         Shut-in gas production - Chard area                    Web: <www.ags.gov.ab.ca>
1089982 et al.        Paramount Resources Limited                      Approval to produce gas
1090128 et al.        Rio Alto Exploration Ltd.                        Approval to produce gas                                Questions, Complaints, Problems?
1256085               PanCanadian Resources Corporation                Application to shut in gas - Christina Lake
                                                                                                                              Utilities: For information or to file a consumer utility
1097090               EUB Staff Submission Group                       Potential impact of gas production on                  complaint, contact us at:
                                                                       bitumen recovery                                       EUB Utilities Branch, 10th floor, 10055-106 Street,
1254039               ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.                           Applications for sour gas wells - Crossfield field     Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2Y2
1254040               ExxonMobil Resources Ltd.                                                                               Telephone: (780) 427-4901* Fax: (780) 427-6970
1073941 et al.        Encana Corporation                               Special gas well spacing, well licences and natural
                                                                                                                              Complaints: (780) 427-4903*
                                                                                                                              E-mail: <utilities.concerns@eub.gov.ab.ca>
1280774               (formerly PanCanadian Resources)                 gas pipeline system - Centron and Strathmore
                                                                       fields (Applications No. 1249836, 1249838              Oil and Gas: For information or complaints about
                                                                       1249839, 1249840, 1249842, 1249843, 1249845            new or existing oil and gas developments and facili-
                                                                                                                              ties, we recommend contacting the operating
                                                                       1253483) Section 39 review request by J. Keer of       company first. If the company does not respond appro-
                                                                       Application No. 1268446                                priately, you may contact the nearest EUB Field
1086695 et al.        Canadian Natural Resources Limited               New and amended primary recovery schemes               Centre.
1277165 et al.                                                         Applications for 55 well licences - Lindbergh Sector
                                                                                                                              EUB Field Centres (24-hour service)
                                                                       Cold Lake Oil Sands Area                               Bonnyville          (780) 826-5352*
1259219               Bonterra Energy Corp.                            Sweet gas well licence application                     Drayton Valley      (780) 542-5182*
1248262               Petrovera Resources Limited                      Primary recovery scheme - Applications for 16 well     Grande Prairie      (780) 538-5138*
1086164 et al.                                                         licences - Lindbergh Sector                            Medicine Hat        (403) 527-3385*
                                                                        Cold Lake Oil Sands Area                              Midnapore           (403) 297-8303*
2000234               ATCO Electric Ltd., ATCO Gas                     Affiliate Transactions and Code of                     Red Deer            (403) 340-5454*
                      and Pipelines Ltd., Northwestern                 Conduct Proceeding; Part B: Code of                    St. Albert          (780) 460-3800*
                                                                                                                              Wainwright          (780) 842-7570*
                      Utilities Limited (ATCO Group)                   Conduct
1253701               Elk Point Resources Inc.                         Applications for sour gas wells, facilities and        *To call toll free from anywhere in Alberta, dial 310-0000 and
                                                                                                                              enter the phone number, including area code, or press zero for
1253703                                                                pipelines - Wildwood Field                             a RITE operator.
1261233
                                                                                                                              Across the Board Advisory Committee
1273217               BP Canada Energy Company                         Rateable take - Blackstone Beaverhill Lake A Pool      Dick Batten, Diane Earle, Greg Gilbertson,
1210269               Glacier Power Ltd.                               Construct and operate 80 MW hydro-electric             Barbara Kapel Holden, Harry Lillo, Becky Torrance
[2000198]                                                              project near Dunvegan                                  Editor: Brenda Poole Bellows

								
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