The Fort Chipewyan Working Group was established to bring government and representatives of the community together following the unauthorized releases from the Kearl oil sands mine.
This group is providing a forum for sharing information on government activities in response to the releases and helping ensure community perspectives are reflected in government's additional monitoring in areas downstream of the Kearl Oil Sands Project site. The focus is firmly on keeping drinking water safe and secure for communities.
Safe and secure drinking water for all Albertans is a top priority and we are committed to working with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Indigenous communities to ensure the continued safety of their drinking water supply.
Learn more about drinking water regulations in Alberta.
Who is listening
Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas
On February 6, 2023, the Alberta Energy Regulator issued an Environmental Protection Order to Imperial Oil in response to 2 separate wastewater release incidents at the Kearl Oil Sands Project:
- Incident 1 – industrial wastewater seeping from the external tailings area in 4 locations on and outside the boundaries of the Kearl sites.
- Incident 2 – an uncontrolled release of industrial wastewater from an overflow drainage pond.
The operator, Imperial Oil, and the Alberta Energy Regulator were responsible for the initial response to the incidents, including incident-specific monitoring requirements.