Current Projects

Listings of all environmental assessment activity information for current projects can be found on this page.

For a summary of current projects, see:

AHP Development Corporation

Proponent Project: Amisk Hydroelectric Project - Latest Update: Mar 7, 2016

Responsible Director: AEP
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 #: tbd

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.)

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

Awaiting submission of the EIA/Application.

  1. EIA Required Letter - Jun 25, 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table - Jun 2015 (5 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map - Jun 10, 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference - Sep 2015 (24 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice - Sep 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR - 17 - Dec 2015 (147 pages, 14.3 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference - Feb 3, 2016 (26 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice- Mar 2016 (1 page, <1 MB)
  9. CEAA’s Website

Alberta Transportation

Proponent Project: Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project - Latest Update: Feb 11, 2015

Responsible Director: AEP
Location: approximately 11 km west of Calgary
Township 24, Range 4, W5M
Municipality: Rocky View County
Activity Type: Water Management
File #: tbd

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.

Project Stage: Final Terms of Reference were issued for this project on February 5, 2015.

Awaiting submission of the EIA/Application.

  1. EIA Required Letter - Jul 14, 2014 (1 page, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table - Revised - Oct 14, 2014 (3 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map - Revised - Oct 14, 2014 (1 page, <1 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference - Revised - Oct 14, 2014 (20 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice - Sep 2014 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR - Dec 2014 (97 pages, 1.6 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference - Feb 5, 2015 (21 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice - Feb 5, 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)

Benga Mining Limited

Proponent Project: Grassy Mountain Coal Project - Latest Update: Mar 24, 2016

Responsible Director: AER
Location: approximately 7 km north of Blairmore
Townships 8 & 9, Ranges 3 & 4, W5M
Municipalities: Ranchland, Crowsness Pass
Activity Type: Coal
CCA Appl#: 1844520, 1844522

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.

Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were submitted November 2015.

The AER completed a preliminary review of Benga Mining’s Grassy Mountain Coal Project environmental assessment report (EIA) and determined that it is not complete. On January 25, 2016, they requested that Benga re-submit the EIA after addressing a number of major deficiencies.

  1. EIA Required Letter - Nov 21, 2014 (2 pages, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table and Map - Sep 29, 2014 (5 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Proposed Terms of Reference - Nov 17, 2014 (29 pages, 1.4 MB)
  4. PTOR Notice - Dec 2014 (1 page, <1 MB)
  5. Public Comments on PTOR - 6 - Feb 2015 (96 pages, 11.1 MB)
  6. Final Terms of Reference - Mar 19, 2015 (30 pages, <1 MB)
  7. FTOR Notice - Mar 19, 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  8. EIA- Nov 2015
  9. AER Application # 1844520- Mar 19, 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  10. Public Notice Update- Dec 7, 2015 (3 pages, <1 MB)
  11. CEAA’s Website
  12. Major Deficiencies Letter- Jan 25, 2016 (7 pages, <1 MB)
  13. Major Deficiencies Letter Addendum- Mar 21, 2016 (24 pages, <1 MB)

ConocoPhillips Canada Resource Corp.

Proponent Project: Surmont 3 Project - Latest Update: August 11, 2016

Responsible Director: AER
Location: approximately 63 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray
Townships 80 - 84, Ranges 5 - 7, W4M
Municipalities: Regional Wood Buffalo and Lac La Biche County
Activity Type: In-Situ
EPEA Appl#: 009-00048263
OSCA Appl#: 1800069

Proposal to expand the Surmont In-Situ oil sands project by approximately 135,000 bbl/sd over an estimated 40 year life. The main infrastructure required for the proposed Project will include central processing facilities, SAGD well pads and pipelines, roads and borrow pits. Additional infrastructure for the project will include diluent, export and natural gas pipelines, water source wells, disposal wells and power lines.

Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were submitted June 2015.

Requests for additional information were sent to the company on March 13, June 8 and November 20, 2015, and May 2, 2016.

On June 30 and August 4, 2015, February 29, April 27, June 20 and August 3, 2016, the company submitted supplemental information.

On August 11, 2016, the designated Director of Environmental Assessment notified the Alberta Energy Regulator that the EIA report is complete pursuant to section 53 of EPEA.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Mar 22, 2013 (1 page, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table- Sep 19, 2013 (4 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map- 2013 (1 page, 2.5 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference- Aug 20, 2013 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice- 2013 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR - 1- Nov 2013 (27 pages, <1 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference- Dec 11, 2013 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice- 2014 (1 page, <1 MB)
  9. EIA- Jun 2014
  10. AER Application # 1800069
  11. Public Notice- Jul 30, 2014 (4 pages, <1 MB)
  12. EIA Complete Letter – Aug 11, 2016 (2 pages, <1 MB)

Imperial Oil Resources Limited

Proponent Project: Cold Lake Expansion Project (formerly Midzaghe) - Latest Update: August 9, 2016

Responsible Director: AER
Location: approximately 23 kilometres northwest of Cold Lake
Townships 65 & 66, Ranges 2, 3 & 4, W4M
Municipalities: M.D. of Bonnyville
Activity Type: In-Situ
EPEA Appl#: 013-00073534
OSCA Appl#: 1854138

Proposal to expand the current Cold Lake operations, targeting bitumen resources in the Grand Rapids Formation using a solvent-assisted steam-assisted gravity drainage recovery process. Bitumen production capacity would be up to 55 000 barrels per day with an estimated life of 25 to 30 years.

Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were submitted March 2016.

A Supplemental Information Request was sent to the company on May 19, 2016.

On August 5, 2016 the company submitted Supplemental Information which is under review.

  1. EIA Required Letter - Apr 22, 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table & Map - Apr 20, 2015 (6 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Proposed Terms of Reference - Jul 24, 2015 (18 pages, <1 MB)
  4. PTOR Notice - 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  5. Public Comments on PTOR - 4 - Dec 2015 (68 pages, <1 MB)
  6. Final Terms of Reference - Dec 14, 2015 (20 pages, <1 MB)
  7. FTOR Notice - Dec 16, 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  8. EIA- Mar 2016
  9. AER Application # 1854138
  10. Public Notice

Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited

Proponent Project: Aspen Project - Latest Update: April 25, 2016

Responsible Director: AER
Location: approximately 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray
Townships 93 & 94, Ranges 6 & 7, W4M
Municipalities: Wood Buffalo
Activity Type: In-Situ
EPEA Appl#: 001-00336673
OSCA Appl#: 1782988
WA Appl#: 001-00346324

Proposal for a steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project with a production capacity of 162,000 barrels per day of crude bitumen targeting the Wabiskaw-McMurray formation. The proposal is for a three-phase development, including central steam generation and bitumen processing plant facilities that incorporate electrical power cogeneration.

Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were submitted December 2013. Supplemental Information Requests were sent to the company on February 19, August 28, 2015 and February 17, 2016.

On April 15, June 19 and 30, November 2 (including project update), 2015, and March 15, 2016, the company submitted supplemental information.

On April 25, 2016, the designated Director of Environmental Assessment notified the Alberta Energy Regulator that the EIA report is complete pursuant to section 53 of EPEA.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Jun 28, 2013 (1 page, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table- Jun 24, 2013 (4 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map- Apr 2013 (1 page, <1 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference- Jul 18, 2013 (18 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice- 2013 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR - 5- Oct 2013 (97 pages, 3.2 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference- Dec 5, 2013 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice- 2014 (1 page, <1 MB)
  9. EIA- Dec 2013
  10. AER Application # 1782988
  11. Public Notice- Jun 2, 2014 (5 pages, <1 MB)
  12. EIA Complete Letter- Apr 25, 2016 (2 pages, <1 MB)

MEG Energy Corp.

Proponent Project: May River Project - Latest Update: July 14, 2016

Responsible Director: AER
Location: approximately 100 kilometers south of Fort McMurray
Townships 74-79, Ranges 10-14, W4M
Municipalities: Lac La Biche County
Activity Type: In-Situ
File#: 001-00380416

Proposal for an In-Situ oil sands project to use steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to recover bitumen from the McMurray Formation in three phases of development. Total planned capacity is approximately 164,000 barrels per day of crude bitumen.

Project Stage: Final Terms of Reference were issued for this project on July 5, 2016.

Awaiting submission of the EIA/Application.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Mar 28, 2016 (2 pages, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table- Mar 16, 2016 (4 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map- Mar 17, 2016 (1 page, 2.1 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference- Apr 6, 2016 (16 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice- Mar 2016 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR – 5- May 2016 (120 pages, 2.6 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference– Jul 5, 2016 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice– Jul 5, 2016 (1 page, <1 MB)

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd.

Proponent Project: Thickwood SAGD Expansion Project - Latest Update: February 3, 2014

Responsible Director: AER
Location: approximately 78 kilometres west of Fort McMurray
Townships 89 - 91, Ranges 18 - 21, W4M
Municipality: MD of Opportunity
Activity Type: In-Situ
File #: 002-00305529

Proposal to expand the Thickwood SAGD Project from 10,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) to approximately 70,000 bbl/d.

Project Stage: Final Terms of Reference were issued for this project on October 28, 2013.

Awaiting submission of the EIA/Application.

  1. Project Summary Table- Jul 23, 2013 (4 pages, <1 MB)
  2. Map- Jul 2013 (1 page, 1.5 MB)
  3. Proposed Terms of Reference- Jul 30, 2013 (18 pages, <1 MB)
  4. PTOR Notice- Aug 2013 (1 page, <1 MB)
  5. Public Comments on PTOR - 2- Oct 2013 (43 pages, 3.5 MB)
  6. Final Terms of Reference- Oct 28, 2013 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  7. FTOR Notice- Jan 2014 (1 page, <1 MB)

Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Proponent Project: Mildred Lake Mine Extension (MLX) - Latest Update: August 9, 2016

Responsible Director: AER
Location: approximately 40 kilometres north of Fort McMurray
Townships 91 - 93, Ranges 11 & 12, W4M
Municipality: Wood Buffalo
Activity Type: Oil, Mine
EPEA Appl#: 034-00000026
OSCA Appl#: 1820856
WA Appl#: 00263298-005, 00363203-001

Proposal consists of two additional mining areas and affiliated perimeter features within and adjacent to the current operating and approved mining areas. The project is designed to sustain bitumen production levels at the Mildred Lake facility after depletion of the current approved mining areas, which is expected in 2024. The estimated mineable resource in the project area is 117 million m3 (738 million barrels) of recoverable bitumen.

Project Stage: The EIA and applications were submitted December 2014. A Supplemental Information Request was sent to the company on October 9, 2015. Additional information was requested on December 9, 2015.

On February 12, 2016, the company submitted supplemental information.

Requests for additional supplemental information were sent to the company on June 3 and July 22, 2016. Awaiting response.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Jun 5, 2013 (1 page, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table- Aug 6, 2013 (2 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map- Sep 2012 (1 page, 1.4 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference- Jul 31, 2013 (22 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice- Sep 2013 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR - 2- Oct 2013 (49 pages, 7.0 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference- Dec 16, 2013 (23 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice- Jan 2014 (1 page, <1 MB)
  9. EIA- Dec 2014
  10. OSCA Application # 1820856
  11. Public Notice- Jan 19, 2015 (4 pages, <1 MB)

Teck Resources Limited

Proponent Project: Frontier Oil Sands Mine - Latest Update: May 16, 2016

Responsible Director: AER
Location: 38 and 60 kilometres north of Fort McKay
Townships 98, 100, 101, Range 11, W4M
Municipality: Wood Buffalo
Activity Type: Oil, Mine
EPEA Appl#: 001-00247548
OSCA Appl#: 1709793
WA Appl#: 00303079

The project consists of the construction, operation and reclamation of an oil sands surface mine with a production capacity of about 260,000 barrels per day of bitumen. The project is a truck and shovel mine which includes one open pit, an ore preparation plant, a bitumen processing plant, tailings preparation and management facilities, cogeneration facilities, support utilities, disposal and storage areas, river water intake, a fish habitat compensation lake, bridge, roads, airfield and camp.

Project Stage: The EIA and applications were submitted November 2011. Supplemental Information Requests were sent to the company on August 15, 2012, June 6, 2013, May 14, 2014, February 24 and November 27, 2015

On January 15, November 4, 2013, October 17, 2014, June 15, 2015 (including a project update), and April 15, 2016, the company submitted supplemental responses.

On May 16, 2016, the designated Director of Environmental Assessment notified the Alberta Energy Regulator that the EIA report is complete pursuant to section 53 of EPEA.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Feb 20, 2008 (1 page, <1 MB)
  2. Public Disclosure Document- Mar 2008 (18 pages, 11.0 MB)
  3. Proposed Terms of Reference- Jul 23, 2008 (28 pages, <1 MB)
  4. PTOR Notice- Jul 2008 (1 page, <1 MB)
  5. Public Comments on PTOR - 4- Oct 2008 (84 pages, 4.6 MB)
  6. Final Terms of Reference- Feb 11, 2009 (28 pages, <1 MB)
  7. FTOR Notice- Mar 2009 (1 page, <1 MB)
  8. EIA- Nov 2011
  9. AER Application # 1709793
  10. Public Notice- Mar 5, 2012 (3 pages, <1 MB)
  11. CEAA’s Website
  12. EIA Complete Letter- May 16, 2016 (2 pages, <1 MB)

Town of Canmore

Proponent Project: Cougar Creek Debris Flood Retention Structure - Latest Update: August 9, 2016

Responsible Director: AEP
Location: on Cougar Creek, approximately 2 km northwest of the Trans-Canada Highway
Township 24, Range 11, W5M
Municipality: MD of Bighorn
Activity Type: Water Management
File #: tbd

Proposal for a debris flood retention structure on Cougar Creek that will be approximately 30 meters high and will span a bedrock confined channel. During a flood event the structure will be designed to hold back up to 600,000 cubic meters of water and debris. The structure will not permanently hold water.

Project Stage: The EIA report was submitted August 2016. Review is under way.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Feb 12, 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table- Jan 27, 2015 (3 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map- Feb 2015 (1 page, 10.0 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference- Sep 24, 2015 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice- Oct 2015 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR - 2- Jan 2015 (7 pages, <1 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference- Mar 21, 2016 (21 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice- Apr 2016 (1 page, <1 MB)
  9. EIA- Aug 2016

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:

Alberta Government Library
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10044-108 St
Edmonton, AB
Phone: 780 427-2985

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