Joint Review Panel Invites Public Comment for the Proposed Pierre River Mine Project

OTTAWA, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Joint Review Panel reviewing the proposed Pierre River Mine project near Fort McMurray, Alberta, announced today the beginning of a comment period on the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the Application filed by the proponent, Shell Canada Energy. The EIS assesses the anticipated effects of the proposed project on the environment.  This comment period provides interested parties an opportunity to express their views to the Panel on the adequacy of the available information.

The Joint Review Panel was established on June 8, 2012 to assess the environmental effects of the proposed project and review the Application filed by the proponent. The Panel will review the public comments received and will determine whether it will require additional information from the proponent. Once the Panel is satisfied that the information is adequate, it will announce the details of the public hearing, including the hearing commencement date, the hearing venue, and any prehearing process and will provide a minimum of 60 days notice prior to the start of the hearing.

Forward your written comments by mail, e-mail or fax, in either official language by September 14, 2012 to the Panel Secretariat at the address below. All comments received by the Joint Review Panel will be considered public and will be posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry Internet site.

Joint Review Panel Secretariat
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H3
Tel.: 1-866-582-1884 / Fax: 613-957-0941
Shell.Reviews@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To obtain information on the panel review process and be kept informed of the Panel's activities, provide an e-mail address to the Panel Secretariat at the address indicated above.

The Environmental Impact Statement, the Application, along with more information on this project, is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , under reference #10-05-59539.

A paper copy of the Application may be viewed at the following location:

Energy Resources Conservation Board
Fort McMurray Regional Office
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
9915 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB

About the Project
The Pierre River Mine Project proposed by Shell Canada Energy includes the construction, operation and reclamation of an oil sands surface mine and bitumen extraction facilities.  The proposed mining project would be located approximately 90 km north of Fort McMurray on the west side of the Athabasca River. The proposed development includes an open-pit mine, ore handling facility, bitumen extraction facilities, tailings processing facilities, support infrastructure, water and tailings management plans and the construction of a bridge across the Athabasca River. The project is designed to produce a total of 200 000 barrels of bitumen per day.

About the Joint Review Panel
The Joint Review Panel for the proposed Pierre River Mine project is an independent body, mandated by the Minister of the Environment and the Chairman of the Energy Resources Conservation Board to assess the environmental effects of the proposed project and review the Application.

SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

For further information:

Media may contact:

Lucille Jamault , Communications
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
lucille.jamault@ceaa.gc.ca
613-957-0434 / 613-552-5253

Bob Curran, Communications
Energy Resources Conservation Board
bob.curran@ercb.ca
403-297-3392


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