Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project: Establishment of Joint Review Panel

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May 24, 2016 — Ottawa, ON — The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Jim Ellis, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Energy Regulator, announced today the establishment of a three-member joint panel to review Teck Resources Limited's proposed Frontier Oil Sands Mine project in northern Alberta.

Mr. Alex Bolton has been appointed as the Chair of the Joint Review Panel. Mr. Robert McManus and Mr. William (Bill) Klassen have been appointed as members of the Joint Review Panel.

In light of the devastating wildfires that have affected the residents and Indigenous groups in the Fort McMurray area, the Minister has extended the timeline by three months for the Joint Review Panel to submit its report. This extension will allow the Joint Review Panel to begin its preparatory work while postponing the start of Indigenous and public engagement activities until the situation in the region improves.

The Joint Review Panel Agreement signed by Minister McKenna and Mr. Ellis establishes the mandate and terms of reference of the panel, its composition, as well as the procedure and timelines of the review.

Under the Agreement, the Joint Review Panel will conduct a review of the environmental effects of the project, consider mitigation measures, determine whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse effects, and identify any follow-up programs required. The Joint Review Panel will also consider comments from the public and Indigenous groups that are received during the assessment.

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