The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking public feedback on its draft directive on fluid tailings management for oil sands mining projects.
As the province’s energy regulator, the AER ensures that oil sands development aligns with government policy. Following the release of the Government of Alberta’s Lower Athabasca Region: Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF), the AER has developed new requirements for tailings management.
“The draft directive represents an evolution in how we will manage tailings by addressing both existing fluid tailings and new fluid tailings growth” said Cal Hill, AER executive vice-president of the Strategy and Regulatory Division. “It establishes the requirements operators must meet in order to ensure that all fluid tailings are ready to reclaim within 10 years of the end of a mine’s life.” Read more »
Purpose: Using a consensus-based approach the committee will conduct a thorough review of the draft directive and produce recommendations for the AER. The TAC will operate as a forum where stakeholders can contribute their expertise to the development of the new directive.Read more »
The University of Alberta (U of A) Water Initiative and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) will hold a public forum the afternoon of Thursday, February 27 to share findings of an independent scientific review of Sherritt International’s Obed mine release remediation plans. The review was conducted by leading water scientists engaged by ERSD through the U of A Water Initiative. First Nations, Métis and Sherritt International will also participate in the forum. Read more »
November 7, 2013 –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 additional information provided by the proponent, Shell Canada Limited. This comment period provides the public an opportunity to submit their views in writing to the Panel on the adequacy of the additional information. Read more »
Pierre River Mine & Jackpine Mine Expansion Projects Public Consultation on Revised Joint Review Panel Agreements
24 Feb 2012 (All day)
On January 30, 2012, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) released for public comment two agreements with Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) for the environmental assessment of two oil sands projects in northern Alberta. Read more »
An American hedge fund is about to break ground on a massive mining project that could poison a million people's drinking water and the headwaters for five major rivers, would create an open pit deeper than Niagara Falls and decimate thousands of acres of lush farmland -- and we have 4 days to stop them. Read more »
EDMONTON — Environmental groups today launched a new online mapping tool to give new federal Environment Minister Peter Kent a sense of the size and scale of the tar sands by overlaying a map of the mining projects over his home riding to drive home the message that allowing the approval of a new open-pit tar sands mine in Alberta is an irresponsible first move as environment minister. Read more »
Edmonton — The steps of the Provincial legislature were transformed today in an attempt to give Albertans an idea of the amount of tailings, French tar sands giant Total, will create in Alberta if Total’s new mine site is approved. Representative from Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club Prairie set-up 60, 200 litre rain barrels which is what Total will dump into Alberta’s eco-system every 30 seconds with this project. Read more »
The question remains, does anyone even know the environmental impact from spills and routine releases from industry and municipalities in Canada? Is it even possible for anyone to find out if there are reporting and access to information barriers?
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