OTTAWA, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the
Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency (the Agency) today announced the referral of the
proposed Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project in northern Alberta to an
environmental assessment by an independent review panel.
The Minister's decision follows a recommendation from the Agency. The
decision to refer the project to a review panel was made after
considering the project's potential for significant adverse effects on
The federal government is committed to working with Alberta to
coordinate provincial and federal environmental assessment
Federal Funding Available
The Agency is making available $80,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals
to participate in the environmental assessment of this project.
Funding will help successful applicants to participate in the upcoming
steps of the review panel process, including reviewing and commenting
on the environmental impact statement (EIS) and the panel terms of
reference and to participate in public hearings.
A funding review committee, independent of the review panel process,
will consider all applications and make recommendations on funding
allocations. Applications received by the Agency by February 20, 2012 will be considered.
Information on the Participant Funding Program is available at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca . More information on the project review is available on the Agency web
site in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference #
The Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project proposed by Teck Resources Limited
and SilverBirch Energy would be a 280,000 barrel per day oil sands
mining operation located in north eastern Alberta, approximately 110 km
north of Fort McMurray. The project would be an average-size oil sands
mine and involve ore extraction from three pits, tailings areas and
bitumen processing. The project would include infrastructure such as a
river water intake, fish habitat compensation lake, roads, airstrip,
camp and cogeneration powerplant. The project area is estimated at over
29,000 hectares, and if approved, site clearing operations are expected
to begin in 2014. The first oil to be produced from the site would be
scheduled for 2021.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal
environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental
effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in
support of sustainable development.
SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
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