Notice of Hearing - Proposed Joslyn North Mine Project in Fort McMurray area

CALGARY, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Joint Review Panel (the Panel) established to review the Joslyn North Mine Project has determined, following its review of the Application, that it will proceed to hearing. The Panel appreciated the time and efforts of those who have provided very detailed comments during the consultation period on the revised Application and on the additional information filed by the proponent, Total E&P Joslyn Ltd. The Panel is of the view that additional information is required from the proponent but that the lack of information is minor in nature. The Panel has provided a list of questions to which Total E&P Joslyn Ltd has made a commitment to respond as indicated in its letter of June 24, 2010.

The joint hearing of the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) Application No. 1445535 will commence on September 21, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre, 530 MacKenzie Boulevard in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The public hearing will give interested individuals and organizations the opportunity to hear about the project and its consequences and to provide their views to the Panel. The hearing will also allow the proponent to present the project and to offer clarifying information as required.

To File a Submission

Interested parties who wish to file a submission or submit evidence at the hearing must file their submission no later than August 24, 2010, to:

    
    Panel Secretariat
    Joint Review Panel / Joslyn North Mine Project
    Energy Resources Conservation Board
    2nd Floor, P.O. Box 15
    9915 Franklin Avenue
    Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4
    Tel.: 780-743-7481 or 1-866-582-1884
    Fax: 780-743-7141
    E-mail: JoslynReview@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
    

Additional information on the joint review process and how to participate is available in a backgrounder on the public registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca. To obtain further information, contact the Panel Secretariat at the address indicated above.

Next Steps and Key Dates

    
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    Deadline            Activities
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    July 27, 2010       Total E&P Joslyn Ltd. files its response to the
                        request for additional information made by the Panel
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    August 24, 2010     Final date for submissions by all interested parties
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    September 7, 2010   Final date for Total E&P Joslyn Ltd. to respond to
                        submissions
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    September 21, 2010  Start of the hearing at the Sawridge Inn and
                        Conference Centre
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Public Registry

All documents related to this Application, including the environmental impact statement, are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca under reference number 08-05-37519. Copies of the Application and other related documents are also available for public viewing at the following locations:

    
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    Provincial Building                 ERCB Information Services
    2nd Floor, 9915 Franklin Avenue     Main floor, 640 - 5 Avenue SW
    Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4           Calgary, AB T2P 3G4
    Tel.: 780-743-7481                  Tel.: 403-297-8311 (Option 2)
    Viewing hours: 8:00 a.m. to         Viewing hours: 9:00 a.m. to
    4:00 p.m.                           3:00 p.m.
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About the Project

The Joslyn North Mine project proposed by Total E&P Canada Ltd. includes the construction, operation, and reclamation of an oil sands surface mine and bitumen extraction facilities located approximately 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray on Oil Sands Leases. The proposed development includes an open pit, truck and shovel mine; an ore handling facility; bitumen extraction facilities; tailings processing facilities; support infrastructure; water and tailings management plans; and an integrated reclamation plan. The Joslyn North Mine project is designed to produce 15,900 cubic metres per day (100,000 barrels per day) of bitumen.

For additional information on the project or to obtain a copy of the Application, contact:

    
    Total E&P Joslyn Ltd.
    2900, 240 - 4th Avenue SW
    Calgary, AB T2P 4H4
    Attention: Mr. Geoff Chow
    Tel.: 403-536-3567
    E-mail: geoff.chow@total.com
    

About the Joint Review Panel

The Joint Review Panel for the Joslyn North 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 JOINT REVIEW PANEL ESTABLISHED TO REVIEW THE JOSLYN NORTH MINE PROJECT

For further information: For further information: media may contact: Annie Roy, Manager, Communications, Panel Secretariat, Joslyn North Mine Project, Tel.: 613-957-0396; Bob Curran, Section Leader, Communications, Energy Resources Conservation Board, Tel.: 403-297-3392

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