Joint review panel for Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project submits report
The Joint Review Panel established to review the Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project, proposed by Teck Resources Limited (the proponent), has submitted its report to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. The review was completed in accordance with the Agreement to Establish a Joint Review Panel for the Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project, issued on May 19, 2016 and amended on August 24, 2017.
During its review, the Panel held public hearing sessions, heard extensive evidence from the proponent, Indigenous groups, non-governmental organizations, the public, and the federal government. In its report, the Panel sets out its rationale, conclusions and recommendations, including any mitigation measures and follow-up program requirements to the Minister, the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta.
The report includes the panel's decisions in its capacity as the AER for provincial applications under the Oils Sands Conservation Act (OSCA), Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) and Water Act.
The Panel report and a summary of the environmental assessment are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 65505.
About the Project
The proposed Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project would operate for 41 years and includes the construction, operation and reclamation of an oil sands surface mine with a production capacity of about 260,000 barrels of bitumen per day. The project is located in northeastern Alberta, approximately 110 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. It is a truck and shovel mine which includes two open pits, an ore preparation plant, a bitumen processing plant, tailings preparation and management facilities, cogeneration facilities, support utilities, disposal and storage areas, river water intake, a fish habitat compensation lake, bridge, roads, airfield and camp. The estimated project area is over 29,272 hectares.
About the Joint Review Panel
The Joint Review Panel for the proposed Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project is an independent body, mandated by the Minister and the AER in May 2016, to assess the environmental effects of the project and review the Application.
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