OTTAWA, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent, federal Minister
of the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency and Dan McFadyen, Chair of the Energy
Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) of Alberta, today announced the
establishment of a three-member joint panel to review the proposed
Pierre River Mine project near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Minister Kent and Mr. McFadyen have appointed Mr. Jim Dilay as the Panel
chair. Mr. Alex Bolton and Mr. Les Cooke were appointed as the other
members of the Panel. Biographical information on the Panel chair and
members is available in the accompanying backgrounder.
The Joint Panel Agreement for the Pierre River project and the amendment
to the existing Joint Panel Agreement for the Jackpine Mine Expansion
project were released today, following a recent public comment period.
The changes to both project Agreements allow for the members of the
Jackpine Panel to also review the Pierre River project and to
coordinate elements of the review processes for both projects to help
The Agreements establish the mandate and authority of the Panel, its
composition and the procedures and timelines for the review processes.
Further details on the scope of the environmental assessments can be
found in the terms of reference contained in the Agreements. The
Agreements, along with more information on the projects, are available
on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca under reference # 10-05-59539 for the Pierre River project and #
10-05-59540 for the Jackpine project.
The Pierre River Mine Project proposed by Shell Canada 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.
Shell Canada is also proposing to expand the Jackpine Mine project. The
expansion would include additional mining areas and associated
processing facilities, utilities and infrastructure. The project would
be located about 70 km north of Fort McMurray on the east side of the
Athabasca River. The expansion project would increase bitumen
production by 100 000 barrels per day, bringing production at the mine
to 300 000 barrels per day.
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.
The Energy Resources Conservation Board is an independent,
quasi-judicial agency of the Government of Alberta. It regulates the
safe, responsible, and efficient development of Alberta's energy
resources: oil, natural gas, oil sands, coal, and pipelines.
PROPOSED PIERRE RIVER MINE PROJECT
JOINT REVIEW PANEL - BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
Jim Dilay - Panel Chair
Jim Dilay was appointed as a Board Member of the Energy Resources
Conservation Board (ERCB) in January 2008. Mr. Dilay was previously
appointed as a Board Member of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board
(EUB), successor to the previous ERCB, in 1995. He began his career at
the ERCB immediately upon graduation from the University of Manitoba in
1971 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
and has worked in the organization for more than 40 years.
Prior to being appointed to the Board, Mr. Dilay worked in a number of
departments including gas, pipeline, drilling and production, and field
operations, and served as Executive Manager of Operations. He is a
member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
of Alberta. He is currently Alberta's official representative on the
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, of which Alberta is an
Mr. Dilay has chaired and served on numerous ERCB and joint ERCB-CEAA
hearing panels for the consideration of oil, gas, oil sands, utility,
and coal proposals in Alberta.
Alex Bolton - Panel Member
Alex Bolton was appointed as a Board Member of the ERCB in October 2010.
Mr. Bolton is a professional geoscientist and member of the Association
of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He has a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth Sciences and has completed a
Masters of Management Sciences in Management of Technology through the
University of Waterloo.
Prior to joining the ERCB, Mr. Bolton was President and CEO of Epicentre
Consulting Inc. He also spent four years as Director, Compliance &
Enforcement with the Natural Resources Conservation Board, six years
with Anderson Exploration dealing with environmental issues and
community and regulatory affairs, and nine years as a Senior
Environment Advisor and Exploration/Development Geologist with Home
Les Cooke - Panel Member
Les Cooke has over 40 years of strategic policy and planning, program
management and executive experience with the Governments of
Saskatchewan and Alberta, and provincial governments in South Africa.
Mr. Cooke completed graduate studies in land and resource planning at
the University of Alberta. He is President of Les Cooke and Associates,
a consultancy focused on strategic management and organizational
effectiveness in forest management and infrastructure development.
Mr. Cooke has held executive positions focused on natural resource and
environmental management, economic development and strategic policy and
planning. He has led national strategic planning processes and has
spearheaded new approaches to public sector governance and program
management, including integrated land management and partnership-based
environmental management. Mr. Cooke has considerable experience in
Aboriginal business development, most recently working with First
Nations and Métis communities in Saskatchewan to receive wood supply
licenses and develop new forestry businesses.
Mr. Cooke has chaired resource management organizations and served on
environmental assessment panels. He has chaired the Board of Directors
of the Saskatchewan Wetlands Conservation Corporation and served as the
Vice-Chairman of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Heavy Oil and Oil
Sands Development. He was a member of the joint federal-provincial
panels examining the development of the Kearl oil sands mining and
extraction facility and the expansion of the Muskeg River oil sands
operation, both in northern Alberta.
SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
For further information:
Lucille Jamault , Communications
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
613-957-0434 / 613-552-5253
Bob Curran, Communications
Energy Resources Conservation Board