Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project — Public Comments Invited and Virtual Information Sessions

News release

January 4, 2021 — Ottawa — Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project, located approximately 15 kilometres west of Calgary, Alberta.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, which includes the Agency's conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project and their significance, and the proposed key mitigation measures and follow-up programs.

The Agency also invites comments on the draft potential conditions for the project. Final conditions would become legally-binding on the proponent if the project is allowed to proceed.

This project has benefited from several public and Indigenous consultation opportunities. This is the final public comment period in the process.

Written comments in either official language will be accepted until February 3, 2021.

Virtual information sessions will take place during the public comment period.

Comments can be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80123). All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.

The Agency recognizes it is more challenging to undertake meaningful public engagement and Indigenous consultation in light of the circumstances arising from COVID-19. The Agency continues to assess the situation, adjust consultation activities and provide flexibility as needed in order to prioritize the health and safety of all Canadians and conduct meaningful engagement with interested groups.

Following the public comment period, the Environmental Assessment Report and potential conditions will be finalized and provided to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, along with comments received. The Minister will make a decision on whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To view the draft Environmental Assessment Report or for more information, visit the Agency's website at canada.ca/iaac.

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