Application 1709793

Notice of Revised Applications
Teck Resources Limited
Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project

Oil Sands Conservation Act Application No. 1709793
Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
Application No. 001-00247548
Water Act File No. 00303079

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Public comment period on additional information
submitted by the proponent
Reference number 65505

A notice of application for Teck Resources Limited’s (Teck’s) Frontier Project was issued by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) on March 5, 2012. Since that time, the AER has assumed responsibility for the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and Water Act applications related to the project. The project is also subject to review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and the federal minister of the environment has referred the project to a review panel for assessment. The requirements of the two parties are being coordinated to the greatest extent possible.

This notice serves to

  • advise the public that Teck has submitted substantive application updates, which are available for viewing;
  • advise that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has invited public comment on the project update and information request response submitted by Teck; and
  • advise that opportunities for the public to make submissions to the AER on the project will be provided in connection with an anticipated public hearing of the project applications.
Description of the Applications

Teck has applied to construct, operate, and reclaim a new oil sands mine and processing plant that would be located about 100 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The development area would be located in Townships 99, 100, 101, and 102, Ranges 9, 10, and 11, West of the 4th Meridian. The project would include mine pits and associated earth structures, ore preparation plants, bitumen extraction plants, a bitumen froth treatment plant, tailings preparation and management facilities, cogeneration and heat integration facilities, steam and hot water generation facilities, support utilities, off-sites and infrastructure, and environmental management facilities.

The project would have a disturbance area of 29 217 hectares, resulting from two development phases. Startup of phase 1 would occur in 2026 and both phases would be operational by 2037, producing about 41 300 cubic metres of partially deasphalted bitumen per calendar day. The project would operate for 41 years.

For a copy of the application update, contact
Teck Resources Limited
900, 205 – 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 0R3
Attention: Scott McKenzie (Director Regulatory and Environment)
Telephone: 403-767-8589
Fax: 403-265-8835
E-mail: scott.mckenzie@teck.com

To view the application, update, and supporting documents filed with the AER, use the Integrated Application Registry available under Systems & Tools on the AER website, www.aer.ca.

To receive a copy of the applications and supporting documents from the AER, submit an information request, as outlined at www.aer.ca/data-and-publications/how-to-order, to
AER Order Fulfillment
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311 (toll free; option 2)
Fax: 403-297-7040
E-mail: InformationRequest@aer.ca

Refer to this notice when requesting information to expedite the response.

To file a comment with the Agency

The Agency has invited the public to submit comments on whether the project update and information request responses submitted by Teck are complete. All comments received will be considered public and posted online. The comments will help determine whether further information is required from Teck. Written comments in either official language should be sent by August 1, 2015, to
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
David Haddon, Panel Manager
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0H3
E-mail: Frontier.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
Phone: 1-866-582-1884

The project update and the information request responses are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 65505.

Jurisdiction

Submissions relating exclusively to compensation for land use are not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Alberta Surface Rights Board.

Under section 21 of the Responsible Energy Development Act, the AER does not have the jurisdiction to assess the adequacy of Crown consultation associated with the rights of aboriginal peoples as recognized and affirmed under the Constitution Act, 1982.

For information on AER procedures, contact the authorizations specialist, Julie Bugg, at 780-743-7229 or Julie.Bugg@aer.ca.

Issued at Calgary, Alberta, on July 7, 2015.
ALBERTA ENERGY REGULATOR