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Project listing

  • AHP Development Corporation Amisk Hydroelectric Project

    Latest Update: Mar 7, 2016

    Responsible Director: Alberta Environment and Parks
    Location: on the Peace River, approximately 15 km upstream of Dunvegan
    Township 80, Range 6, W6M
    Municipality: Saddle Hills County, Clear Hills County, MD of Fairview No. 136,
    MD of Spirit River No. 133.
    Activity Type: Power Plant
    File #: 001-00387094

    Proposal for a 330 megawatt hydroelectric project located on the Peace River, approximately 15 km upstream of Dunvegan, Alberta in northwestern Alberta. Project components would consist of a powerhouse, spillway, headpond, fish passage, access roads, connecting transmission line and substation and other construction related components (e.g. cofferdams, quarries, camp, laydown areas, etc.)

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) Required Letter
    • Project Summary Table
    • Map
    • Proposed Terms of Reference (PTOR)
    • PTOR Notice
    • Public Comments on PTOR - 17
    • Final Terms of Reference (FTOR)
    • FTOR Notice

    Canadian Environmental Assessment Archives (CEAA) information can be found at:

    Project Stage: Final Terms of Reference were issued for this project on February 3, 2016.

    Awaiting submission of the EIA/Application.

  • Alberta Transportation Special Areas Water Supply Project

    Latest Update: June 22, 2018

    Responsible Director: Alberta Environment and Parks
    Location: east-central Alberta
    Townships 27-38, Ranges 1-22, W4M
    Municipalities: County of Stettler, County of Paintearth, and Special Areas 2, 3 and 4
    Activity Type: Water Management
    File #: TBD

    The Special Areas Water Supply Project is a multi-purpose water supply project that would divert water from the Red Deer River to a large area in east-central Alberta, including the Special Areas. The proposed project consists of a pump station and pipeline to divert water from the Red Deer River southwest of Stettler through a 97.5 kilometre pipeline to a storage reservoir at the headwaters of Sounding and Berry creeks at the north western boundary of the Special Areas. Water would be distributed within the Sounding and Berry Creek basins through existing streams, improved natural channels, and canals. A number of multi-purpose reservoirs would store and release water throughout the system.

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • EIA Required Letter
    • Project Description
    • Map
    • Proposed Terms of Reference
    • PTOR Notice
    • Public Comments on PTOR - 7
    • Final Terms of Reference
    • FTOR Notice

    Project Stage: The final terms of reference were issued for this project on March 22, 2018.

    Awaiting submission of the EIA/Application.

  • Alberta Transportation Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project

    Latest Update: July 26, 2019

    Responsible Director: Alberta Environment and Parks
    Location: approximately 11 km west of Calgary
    Township 24, Range 4, W5M
    Municipality: Rocky View County
    Activity Type: Water Management
    File #: 387101
    NRCB Application #: 1701

    Proposal to divert extreme flood flow from the Elbow River into an off-stream reservoir where it would be temporarily contained and later released back into the Elbow River after the flood peak has passed.

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • EIA Required Letter
    • Project Summary Table - Revised
    • Map - Revised
    • Proposed Terms of Reference - Revised
    • PTOR Notice
    • Public Comments on PTOR – 12
    • Final Terms of Reference
    • FTOR Notice
    • Canadian Environmental Assessment Archives Website
    • Natural Resources Conservation Board Website
    • Public Notice

    The EIA report and associated documents can be found at:

    CEAA information can be found at:

    NRCB information can be found at:

    Project Stage: The EIA report was submitted October 2017.

    A request for supplemental information was requested on November 30, 2017.

    On March 28, 2018, Alberta Transportation submitted updated information.

    A request for additional supplemental information was sent on July 28, 2018.

    On June 14, 2019, Alberta Transportation submitted supplemental information which is under review.

  • Benga Mining Limited Grassy Mountain Coal Project

    Latest Update: November 6, 2019

    Responsible Director: Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
    Location: approximately 7 km north of Blairmore
    Townships 8 & 9, Ranges 3 & 4, W5M
    Municipalities: Ranchland, Crowsnest Pass
    Activity Type: Coal
    CCA Appl#: 1844520, 1902073
    EPEA Appl#: 001-00403427
    WA Appl#: 001-00403428, 001-00403429, 001-00403430, 001-00403431

    Proposal to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine with production capacity of a maximum of four million tonnes of clean coal per year, over a mine-life of about 25 years.

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • EIA Required Letter
    • Project Summary Table and Map
    • Proposed Terms of Reference
    • PTOR Notice
    • Public Comments on PTOR - 6
    • Final Terms of Reference
    • FTOR Notice
    • Public Notice Update
    • Major Deficiencies Letter
    • Major Deficiencies Letter Addendum
    • Public Notice

    The EIA report and associated documents can be found at:

    CEAA information can be found at:

    AER information can be found at:

    Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were originally submitted November 2015. The AER completed a preliminary review of the environmental assessment report and determined on January 25, 2016 that Benga needed to address a number of major deficiencies before the review could continue.

    On October 25, 2017, Benga Mining Limited submitted updated applications and environmental impact assessment report. An addendum was also submitted November 9, 2017.

    Requests for supplemental information were sent by the AER on December 20, 2017 and August 10, 2018. Benga has submitted a number of addendums to the AER and CEAA to provide supplemental information.

    A Joint Review Panel was established on August 16, 2018.

    Requests for further supplemental information were sent by the Joint Review Panel on March 21; April 4 and 15; May 3 and 14. Benga submitted a revised Addendum 10 to the EIA on August 30, 2019, which is under review.

  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited Horizon North Pit Extension

    Latest Update: February 4, 2019

    Responsible Director: Alberta Energy Regulator
    Location: 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray and approximately 20.5 kilometres north of Fort McKay
    Townships 96 & 97, Ranges 11 & 12, W4M
    Municipalities: Wood Buffalo
    Activity Type: Mine
    EPEA Appl#: 012-00149968
    WA Appl#: 001-00413940, 025-00201931
    OSCA Appl#: 1909112

    Proposal to develop a northeast mine pit extension (NPE Project) to sustain production rates of the approved North Mine Pit at the Horizon Oil Sands Processing Plant and Mine. The project is expected to include the following changes to the Horizon Mine: extension of the approved north mine pit to include the NPE Project area (1,015 ha); additional overburden storage areas (2,396 ha); and updated closure and reclamation plans.

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • EIA Required Letter
    • Project Summary Table
    • Map
    • Proposed Terms of Reference
    • PTOR Notice
    • Public Comments on PTOR - 6
    • Final Terms of Reference
    • FTOR Notice
    • Public Notice

    The EIA report and associated documents can be found at:

    AER information can be found at:

    Project Stage: The EIA report was submitted April 30, 2018. The review of the EIA has commenced.

    A request for supplemental information was sent on August 30, 2018.

    The company submitted supplemental information on October 29, 2018.

    A request for additional supplemental information was sent on December 18, 2018.

    The company submitted additional supplemental information on January 31, 2019, which is under review.

  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited (formerly Devon Canada Corporation) Pike 2 Project

    Latest Update: November 6, 2019

    Responsible Director: Alberta Energy Regulator
    Location: approximately 40 km southeast of Conklin
    Townships 73 & 74, Ranges 4-6, W4M
    Municipalities: Lac La Biche County
    Activity Type: In-Situ
    Integrated Application #: 1917507

    Canadian Natural is proposing a new in situ oil sands project in the Southern Athabasca Oil Sands region. To recover bitumen resources from the McMurray formation, steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology and diluent co-injection and cogeneration will be employed. The Project will include a central processing facility (CPF), well pads, source water and disposal well sites, pipelines, roads and power lines. The Project is expected to produce up to 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) of bitumen.

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • EIA Required Letter
    • Project Summary Table
    • Map
    • Proposed Terms of Reference
    • PTOR Notice
    • Public Comments on PTOR – 5
    • Final Terms of Reference
    • FTOR Notice
    • Public Notice

    The EIA report and associated documents can be found at:

    AER information can be found at:

    Project Stage: The EIA report was submitted by Devon Canada Corporation in December 2018. A request for supplemental information was sent on March 22, 2019. The company submitted supplemental information on May 7, 2019.

    On June 27, 2019 Canadian Natural Resources Limited acquired the assets of Devon Canada Corporation. A request for further information was sent to Canadian Natural on July 10, 2019. Canadian Natural submitted additional supplemental information on July 30 and August 29, 2019, which is under review.

  • Castle Mountain Resort Inc. Future Development

    Latest Update: November 6, 2019

    Responsible Director: Alberta Environment and Parks
    Location: Approximately 45 kilometres southwest of Pincher Creek
    Township 4, Range 4, W5M
    Municipality: Pincher Creek #9
    Activity Type: Recreation
    File #: TBD

    Castle Mountain Resort Inc. is proposing an expansion of their winter ski and snowboard resort to include summer activities, increase winter activities and develop additional base area facilities to accommodate a larger number of visitors.

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • Screening Required Letter
    • Notice of Further Assessment
    • Disclosure Document
    • Statements of Concern
    • Screening Report

    Project Stage: The Director has considered advice received from government agencies and statements of concern received from the public and has issued a screening report outlining the decision to require Castle Mountain Resort Inc. to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment for their Master Development Plan.

  • Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. Vista Coal Mine Phase II Project

    Latest Update: July 2, 2019

    Responsible Director: Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
    Location: 3.5 km east of Hinton
    Township 51, Ranges 23 and 24, W5M
    Municipalities: Yellowhead County
    Activity Type: Coal

    Coalspur is proposing an expansion of their approved Vista Coal Mine and would operate the mine as one complex with potential to increase the average annual production by approximately 4.2 million tonnes. The Vista Coal Mine – Phase II would be a westward continuation of the existing open pit surface coal mine to recover the same Val d’Or, McLeod and McPherson seams, using the same methods and infrastructure. The mined coal would be transported by rail to west coast ports, then shipped via ocean vessels to foreign markets.

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • EIA Required Letter
    • Project Summary Table and Map
    • Proposed Terms of Reference
    • PTOR Notice
    • Public comments on PTOR - 2
    • Final Terms of Reference
    • FTOR Notice

    Project Stage: Final Terms of Reference were issued for this project on June 18, 2019.

    Awaiting submission of the EIA/Application.

  • Pembina Gas Services Ltd. Two Lakes Sour Gas Processing Facility

    Latest Update: June 7, 2019

    Responsible Director: Alberta Energy Regulator
    Location: Approximately 45 km southwest of Grande Prairie
    Township 68, Range 9, W6M
    Municipality: Municipal District of Greenview No. 16
    Activity Type: Sour Gas Processing Facility
    EPEA Appl#: 001-00422581
    OGCA Appl#: 1914617

    The project is a sour gas processing facility capable of processing up to 200 million cubic feet per day of raw sour inlet gas containing up to 8% H2S. The proposal is to take in sour gas from the surrounding area and produce sales gas (methane), natural gas liquids (NGLs – used to make ethane, propane and butane), and condensate. The Project includes a raw gas, hydrocarbon liquids inlet; produced water separation and handling processing unit; an amine sweetening unit; a gas processing and NGL recovery unit; a sulphur recovery unit to create liquid sulphur from recovered H2S; a condensate stabilization processing unit; and natural gas compression for sweet sales gas.

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • EIA Required Letter
    • Project Summary Table
    • Map
    • Proposed Terms of Reference
    • PTOR Notice
    • Public Comments on PTOR - 2
    • Final Terms of Reference
    • FTOR Notice
    • Public Notice
    • EIA Complete Letter

    The EIA report and associated documents can be found at:

    OGCA information can be found at:

    Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were submitted October 2018. Requests for supplemental information were sent on January 28 and April 26, 2019. The company submitted supplemental information on February 15, March 15 and May 3, 2019.

    On June 7, 2019, the designated Director of Environmental Assessment notified the company that the EIA report is complete pursuant to section 53 of EPEA. The review took 32 weeks.

  • Suncor Energy Inc. Lewis Project

    Latest Update: June 12, 2019

    Responsible Director: Alberta Energy Regulator
    Location: approximately 25 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray and 18 kilometres southeast of Fort McKay
    Townships 91-93, Ranges 5-8, W4M
    Municipality: Wood Buffalo
    Activity Type: In-Situ
    Integrated Application #: 1907303

    Proposal for in situ extraction with an estimated total bitumen production of 160,000 bpd and an operational life of up to 40 years. The project would be developed in four phases, supported by cogeneration of electricity to be constructed within the first two phases. Project components include gas fired steam generation including some cogeneration, water treatment and recycling, bitumen treatment, multi-well production pads, steam delivery pipelines, product recovery pipelines, local access roads, and borrow pits.

    Documents included on the Open Government Portal record are:

    • EIA Required Letter
    • Project Summary Table and Map
    • Proposed Terms of Reference
    • PTOR Notice
    • Public Comments on PTOR – 6
    • Final Terms of Reference
    • FTOR Notice
    • Public Notice

    The EIA report and associated documents can be found at:

    IAR information can be found at:

    Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were submitted February 2018. Requests for supplemental information were sent June 18, December 17, 2018 and March 21, 2019. The company submitted supplemental information on November 2, 2018 and February 4, 2019. Additional supplemental information was submitted on May 24, 2019, which is under review.

Viewing EIAs

To view current or historical environmental impact assessments (EIAs), please see the Environmental Impact Assessments webpage or contact the respective company.

EIAs can also be viewed at the Alberta Government Library:

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Phone: 780-427-2985

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