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Environmental Impact Assessment Reports

Environmental Impact Assessment reports for large industrial disturbances such as oil sands mines and processing plants have been required under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (and predecessor legislation) since 1973. Reports submitted since 2001 in digital format are available at https://external.sp.environment.gov.ab.ca/DocArc/EIA/Pages/default.aspx. This Collection contains earlier oil sands mine and plant site Environmental Impact Assessment reports. OSRIN appreciates the efforts of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and Alberta Government Library staff in providing the materials to be digitized.
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  1. Solv-Ex Corporation Oil Sands Co-production Experimental Project Environmental Impact Assessment [Download]

    Title: Solv-Ex Corporation Oil Sands Co-production Experimental Project Environmental Impact Assessment
    Creator: Solv-Ex Corporation
    Description: Solv-Ex Corporation is applying to the Alberta Energy and Utility Board (AEUB) for a seven year approval to construct and operate an experimental oil sands co-production facility from November 1995 to October 2002. The facility will be used to evaluate the feasibility of a new co-production technology for the production of Pipelineable Crude Oil (PCO) from the Athabasca oil sands and minerals from fine clay also found in the McMurray Formation. Production levels will be 1674 cubic metres per stream day (m3/sd) of PCO, 64 000 metric tonnes per year (t/y) of alumina, 12 000 t/y of potassium sulphate and 14 000 t/y of ferrous sulphate. The site for the proposed mine and plant is Solv-Ex owned Lease 7276120T05 (Lease 5) located 85 km north of Fort McMurray and 20 km north of Fort McKay). This document consists of the EIA and the Supplemental response to government review questions.
    Subjects: Download - 0-0 - Solv-Ex EIA, Attached 1 - 0-1 - Solv-Ex Supplemental Response, Alberta
    Date Created: 1995
  2. Alsands Oil Sands Mining Project [Download]

    Title: Alsands Oil Sands Mining Project
    Creator: Alsands Project Group
    Description: Amoco Canada Petroleum Company Ltd., Chevron Standard Limited, Dome Petroleum Limited, Gulf Canada Limited, Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas Company Limited, Pacific Petroleums Ltd., Petrofina Canada Ltd., Shell Canada Resources Limited and Shell Explorer Limited, (collectively called the \"Applicant\") hereby make application to the Energy Resources Conservation Board pursuant to Section 43( I) of The Oil and Gas Conservation Act for approval of a scheme or operation for the recovery of oil sands, crude bitumen and products derived therefrom within an area that comprises Bituminous Sands Leases No. 34, No. 96 and a portion of No. 087708000 I issued by Her Majesty the Queen in the right of the Province of Alberta. The Applicant proposes to produce 22 250 m3/d (140 000 BID) of synthetic crude oil and LPG products. Subject to obtaining all necessary approvals and making satisfactory agreements concerning royalties, taxes and other matters by the third quarter of 1979, the Applicant intends to commence construction of the facilities by mid-1980. First production is scheduled to commence by the first quarter of 1986.
    Subjects: Alberta, 0 - Download - Alsands EIA, 1 - Attached - Alsands Supplemental Information
    Date Created: 1978
  3. Suncor Steepbank Mine Project Application [Download]

    Title: Suncor Steepbank Mine Project Application
    Creator: Suncor Inc., Oil Sands Group
    Description: Suncor Inc. is applying for regulatory approval to proceed with the development of the proposed Steepbank Mine, to be located across the Athabasca River from its current operations near Fort McMurray in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in northeastern Alberta. In April1995 a disclosure document was released for the proposed mine. Since then, a comprehensive public and regulatory consultation and communication program and an environmental impact assessment have been underway in parallel with engineering feasibility studies. This document comprises the Application for Approval of Steepbank Mine and serves to meet the requirements under the Alberta Oil Sands Conservation Act, the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Alberta Water Resources Act. It also includes the Environmental Impact Assessment. This folder contains the main volumes of the EIA plus the supporting reports. Look at the Subject List at the left to see the Volume/Report titles then click on the applicable link on the right.
    Subjects: Attached 36 - 8-3 - Laboratory Studies on Trophic Effects & Fish Health, Attached 31 - 7-3 - Athabasca River Bridge to Steepbank Mine River Hydraulics & Ice Study, Attached 9 - 3-0 - Impact Analysis of Socio-Economic Impacts Associated With the Steepbank Mine, Attached 29 - 7-1 - Hydrology Baseline Steepbank Mine, Attached 32 - 8-0 - Impact Analysis of Aquatic Issues Associated with the Steepbank Mine, Attached 12 - 3-3 - Fort Chipewyan Community Profile, Attitudes & Perceptions, Attached 4 - 0-4 - Steepbank Mine Second Supplemental Information Request, Attached 35 - 8-2 - Athabasca River Water Releases Impact Assessment, Attached 38 - 8-5 - Spring Fisheries Investigation - Addendum, Attached 6 - 1-1 - Suncor Reclamation Landscape Performance Assessment, Attached 13 - 3-4 - Profile of the Community of Fort McKay, Attached 28 - 7-0 - Impact Analysis Steepbank Mine EIA Surface Water & Groundwater, Attached 41 - 9-2 - Ambient Air Quality Observations Report, Attached 20 - 5-4 - Visual Impact of Steepbank Mine Development, 0 - Download - 0-0 - Steepbank Mine Project Application April 1996, Attached 19 - 5-3 - Suncor Mine Expansion- Baseline Forestry Report, Attached 14 - 3-5 - Fort McKay Survey of Wildlife, Including Aquatic Mammals at Steepbank Mine, Attached 21 - 5-5 - Suncor Mine Advanced Plan, D & R and Cumulative Effects, Attached 24 - 6-2 - Habitat Suitability Models for the Suncor Study Area, Attached 1 - 0-1 - Steepbank Mine Project Application Executive Summary, Attached 3 - 0-3 - Steepbank Mine Supplemental Information Response, Attached 18 - 5-2 - Baseline Soil Survey for Proposed Steepbank Mine, Attached 16 - 5-0 - Impact Analysis of Terrestrial Resources Associated with the Steepbank Mine, Attached 10 - 3-1 - Socio-Economic Baseline Report-Wood Buffalo Region, Attached 39 - 9-0 - Impact Analysis of Air Emissions Associated with the Steepbank Mine, Attached 26 - 6-4 - Waterfowl, Raptors & Breeding Terrestrial Birds of the Suncor Lease, Attached 8 - 2-1 - Quality Assurance Review Report May 1996, Alberta, Attached 15 - 4-0 - Impact Analysis of Human Health Issues Associated with the Steepbank Mine, Attached 40 - 9-1 - Sources of Atmospheric Emissions in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region Report, Attached 33 - 8-1 - Aquatic Report for the Athabasca, Steepbank and Muskeg Rivers, Attached 30 - 7-2 - Hydrogeology Baseline Steepbank Oil Sands Mine, Attached 43 - 9-4 - Ambient Air Quality Predictions Report, Attached 44 - 10-0 - Historical Resources Impact Assessment Steepbank Mine Permit 95-083, Attached 2 - 0-2 - Supplemental Information Requirements-Steepbank Mine, Attached 22 - 6-0 - Impact Analysis Steepbank Mine Enviromental Wildlife Component, Attached 25 - 6-3 - Herpetofauna in the Steepbank Study Area, Attached 34 - 8-1A - Aquatic Report for the Athabasca, Steepbank and Muskeg Rivers-Appendices, Attached 37 - 8-4 - Fish Flavour Impairment Study, Attached 23 - 6-1 - Abundance & Distribution of Moose May 1996, Attached 11 - 3-2 - Fort McKay Renewable Resources on the Proposed Steepbank Mine, Attached 17 - 5-1 - Terrestrial Baseline Report for the Steepbank Mine, Attached 42 - 9-3 - Meteorology Observations in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Attached 5 - 1-0 - Detailed Conservation & Reclamation Plan for Suncor's Integrated Mine Plan, Attached 7 - 2-0 - Quality Assurance & Database Management Plan, Attached 27 - 6-5 - Baseline Study for Fur Trapping
    Date Created: 1996
  4. Aurora Mine Application [Download]

    Title: Aurora Mine Application
    Creator: Syncrude Canada Ltd.
    Description: The Aurora Mine is planned for development in four stages of investment in bitumen production. Each stage includes a high capacity (8000 tonnes per hour) Low Energy Extraction Process utilizing hydrotransport. The first two stages (Aurora North) share a common truck-shovel mine pit on Oil Sands Leases 10, 12 and 34. Stages three and four (Aurora South) will be similarly configured on Lease 31. In total, the four trains of extraction will yield approximately 25 million cubic metres of bitumen per year. Production from the Mildred Lake West Mine will be replaced in two stages by the first two trains of Aurora North. The first stage (2000-2002) will replace production from the north quadrant of the Mildred Lake West Mine. The second stage (2003-2007) will replace production from the south quadrant of the West Mine. The third and fourth stages will replace the Mildred Lake North Mine when it is depleted and/or will be used to provide additional bitumen for production of bitumen blends, sour blends, or sweet synthetic crude oil blends. An Environmental Impact Assessment (\"EIA\") for the Aurora Mine has been prepared by independent scientists under the overall direction of Bovar Environmental. The EIA has been prepared in accordance with the Terms of Reference established by the Director of Environmental Assessment, pursuant to Division 1 of Part II of EPEA. NOTE: This set of documents includes some prepared for Suncor's Steepbank EIA that were included in Syncrude's EIA. They are included here to provide a complete record.
    Subjects: Attached 19 - 3-5 - Baseline Vegetation Inventory & Productivity Assessment for Aurora Mine, Attached 11 - 2-0 - EIA Addendum to 1973 Report Summary, Attached 4 - 0-4 - Aurora Mine Utility Corridor (Roadway & Pipeline) Route Selection, Attached 14 - 3-0 - Ambient Air Quality Observations in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Attached 35 - 4-10 - Oil Sands Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program, Attached 2 - 0-2 - Aurora Mine Additional Information, Attached 18 - 3-4 - Hydrogeology Baseline Study Aurora Mine, Attached 32 - 4-7 - Survey of Wildlife, Including Aquatic Mammals on the Aurora Mine, Attached 33 - 4-8 - Results of Bald Eagle, Osprey & Blue Heron Nest Site Near Ft McKay, Attached 24 - 3-10 - Fort McKay Uses of Renewable Resources Proposed on Aurora Mine, Attached 12 - 2-1 - EIA Addendum to 1973 Report Volume B Bio-Physical Aspects, Attached 17 - 3-3 - Climate & Surface Water Hydrology Baseline Data for Aurora Mine, Download - 0-0 - Aurora Mine Application to AEP-EUB, Attached 22 - 3-8 - Baseline Resource Use in the Aurora Mine Enviromental Impact Assessment, Attached 9 - 1-0 - Enviromental Impact Assessment for the Aurora Mine, Attached 5 - 0-5 - Aurora Mine Part D - Intersite Product & Water Pipelines, Attached 3 - 0-3 - Aurora Mine Regional Development Udate, Attached 1 - 0-1 - Aurora Mine Project Update, Attached 26 - 4-1 - Assessment of Ground-Level Ozone Concentration in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Attached 8 - 0-8 - Aurora Mine Additional Supplemental Information Response, Attached 34 - 4-9 - Addendum to Aurora Mine Enviromental Program-Spring & Summer 1996 Fisheries, Attached 15 - 3-1 - Baseline Noise Survey & Noise Impact Assessment for Aurora Mine, Alberta, Attached 27 - 4-2 - Sources of Atmospheric Emissions in the Athabasca Oil Sands-Report 1, Attached 7 - 0-7 - Aurora Mine Supplemental Information Response, Attached 13 - 2-2 - EIA Addendum to 1973 Report Volume C Socio-Economic Aspect, Attached 37 - 5-1 - Cree Burn Lake Archaeological Site Complex, Attached 29 - 4-4 - Pollutant Deposition on Lichens, Mosses, Wood & Soil in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area, Attached 31 - 4-6 - Wildlife Inventory of Oil Sand Leases 12, 13 & 34, Attached 6 - 0-6 - Non-Segregating Tailings 1995 NST Summary Report, Attached 23 - 3-9 - Baseline Non-Traditional Resource Use in the Aurora Mine, Attached 20 - 3-6 - Wildlife Populations & Habitat Resources for Syncrude Study Area, Attached 38 - 6-0 - A Profile of the Extended Community of Fort McKay, Attached 21 - 3-7 - Aquatic Report for Athabasca, Steepbank and Muskeg Rivers, Attached 28 - 4-3 - Meteorology Obsevations in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region Report 3, Attached 10 - 1-1 - Summary of Enviromental Impact Assessment for the Aurora Mine, Attached 36 - 5-0 - Aurora Mine Project Historical Resources Baseline Study-Final Report, Attached 16 - 3-2 - Baseline Soil Survey & Terrain Analysis for Aurora Mine, Attached 30 - 4-5 - Vegetation Types & Productivity for the Aurora Mine, Attached 25 - 4-0 - Ambient Air Quality Predictions in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region
    Date Created: 1996
  5. Muskeg River Mine Project [Download]

    Title: Muskeg River Mine Project
    Creator: Shell Canada Limited
    Description: Shell Canada Limited (Shell) is applying to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) and Alberta Environmental Protection (AEP) for approval to construct, operate and reclaim a $1.2 billion oil sands mine and processing facilities on the western portion of Oil Sands Lease No. 7277080Tl3 (Lease 13). Lease 13 is located about 70 km north of Fort McMurray, Alberta and about 500 km northeast of Edmonton. The project, to be known as the Muskeg River Mine Project, involves mining and processing oil sands from the western portion of Lease 13 to produce a diluted bitumen (dilbit) product. The project includes: • a truck-and-shovel mining operation • an extraction plant that uses a warm (45°C to 50°C) water-based, caustic-free ore conditioning and extraction process and a conventional centrifuge froth treatment process, coupled with a paraffinic solvent-based product clean-up unit to meet the low solids and water bitumen specification • a tailings management scheme that uses a tailings settling pond for initial tailings storage, converting to consolidated tailings production and the initiation of in-pit storage after four years • utilities and infrastructure Lease 13 covers 20,182 ha (77 sections) and has a potentially mineable bitumen resource of about 800 million m3 (5 billion bbl). The reserves in the Muskeg River Mine area are assessed at about 200 million m3 (1.3 billion bbl). The targeted production rate from the project area is 8.7 million m3/a (55 million bbl/yr) of bitumen, or 23,850 m3 (150,000 bbl) per day. At this rate, the expected mine life is over 20 years. Bitumen from the Muskeg River Mine will be transported to the Edmonton area via a 610-mm diluted bitumen pipeline. The transportation diluent will be returned to Lease 13 via a 323-mm pipeline. Shell's plan is to build a new upgrader at Scotford, which will produce a range of upgraded refinery feedstocks. The bitumen product will also be suitable for direct-marketing as a bitumen product with low water and solids content.
    Subjects: Attached 25 - 6-9 - Alsands 1997 Summer Field Reconnaissance - Flora and Fauna and Traditional Use, Attached 14 - 5-6 - Wetlands Baseline for the Muskeg River Mine, Attached 21 - 6-5 - Water Management Plan for the Muskeg River Mine, Attached 19 - 6-3 - 1997 Summer Data Collection Program & Hydrologic & Hydraulic Studies for Muskeg River Mine, Attached 26 - 7 - Submission of AEP & Alberta Health to Hearing, Attached 4 - 2 - Muskeg River Mine Project Volume 3 Part 1 - Biophysical and Historical Resources Assessment, Attached 12 - 5-4 - Terrain & Soil Baseline for the Muskeg River Mine, Attached 9 - 5-1 - Hydrogeology Baseline Study Oil Sands Lease 13, Attached 20 - 6-4 - Feasibility Design of Drainage Systems for the Muskeg River Mine, Attached 7 - 3-1 - Historical Resources Impact Assessment for the Muskeg River Mine, Attached 24 - 6-8 - Wildlife Habitat Suitability Indices Modelling for the Muskeg River, Attached 23 - 6-7 - Winter Wildlife Surveys Conducted on Lease 13, Attached 1 - 0-1 - Enviromental Impact Assessment Summary for Muskeg River Mine, Attached 13 - 5-5 - Terrestrial Vegetation Baseline for the Muskeg River Mine, Attached 10 - 5-2 - Aquatic Resources Baseline Study for the Muskeg River Mine, Attached 22 - 6-6 - Shell Lease 13 Winter Aquatics Field Program, Attached 16 - 5-8 - Forestry Baseline Report for the Muskeg River Mine, Attached 15 - 5-7 - Wildlife Baseline Conditions for Proposed Muskeg River Mine Project, Attached 11 - 5-3 - Ecological Land Classification Baseline for Muskeg River Mine, Attached 2 - 0-2 - Muskeg River Mine Project Supplemental Information, Attached 6 - 3 - Muskeg River Mine Project Volume 4 - Biophysical and Historical Resources Cumulative Effects Assessment, Attached 5 - 2-1 - Muskeg River Mine Project Volume 3 Part 2 - Biophysical and Historical Resources Assessment, Attached 3 - 1 - Muskeg River Mine Project Volume 2 - Biophysical and Historical Resources Baseline, Alberta, Attached 8 - 4 - Muskeg River Mine Project Volume 5 - Socio-Economic Impact Assessment, Attached 17 - 6-1 - Hydrogeology Winter Work Program Lease 13, Download - 0-0 - Muskeg River Mine Project Volume 1 - Project Description, Attached 18 - 6-2 - Lease 13 Surface Water Hydrology 1997 Winter Data
    Date Created: 1997
  6. Syncrude Lease 17 (Mildred Lake) [Download]

    Title: Syncrude Lease 17 (Mildred Lake)
    Creator: Syncrude Canada Ltd.
    Description: Syncrude Canada Limited and the Government of the Province of Alberta are currently negotiating the practicability of proceeding with a synthetic crude oil production project. During the course of analyzing the practicability of the project, the need for an environmental impact assessment was clearly revealed. Three major time frames - during the planning stage, during construction, and during the commercial operation of the plant - have been accepted as appropriate for reporting environmental impact assessments. This Environmental Impact Assessment has therefore been prepared by Syncrude Canada Limited, for submission to the Department of the Environment prior to the start of construction of its project. The proposed Syncrude commercial operation will be carried out on Lease 17, which lies 20 miles north of the town of Fort McMurray and borders on Lease 86, the site of the only existing tar sands operation. Lease 17 covers 49,788 acres and contains potentially mineable bitumen reserves of approximately 3.5 billion barrels. For mine planning, Lease 17 has been divided into several areas. The site of the initial operation hereafter will be referred to as the initial mining area. It contains enough reserves to feed the proposed plant for approximately 14 years at its approved rate of 80,000 BPD of synthetic products. When the other reserves indicated in Figure 1 are included, the life of this portion of the deposit is about 70 years.
    Subjects: 2 - Attached 2 - Volume 3 - Baseline Information, 1 - Attached 1 - Volume 2 - Development Alternatives, Alberta, 3 - Attached 3 - Volume 4 - Supporting Studies, 0 - Download - Volume 1 - Overview
    Date Created: 1973
  7. Suncor Project Millennium Application [Download]

    Title: Suncor Project Millennium Application
    Creator: Suncor Inc., Oil Sands Group
    Description: Suncor Energy Inc. is applying for regulatory approval to proceed with the construction, operation and reclamation of the proposed Project Millennium located at its current operations near Fort McMurray in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in northeastern Alberta. On 31 July 1997, Suncor released a disclosure document for the proposed project. Since then, a comprehensive public and regulatory consultation and communication program as well as an Environmental Impact Assessment have been underway in parallel with engineering studies. This document comprises the application for approval of Project Millennium and serves to meet requirements under the Alberta Oil Sands Conservation Act and the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. It also includes the Environmental Impact Assessment. This folder contains the main volumes of the EIA plus the supporting reports. Look at the Subject List at the left to see the Volume/Report titles then click on the applicable link on the right.
    Subjects: 0 - Download - 1-0 - Project Millennium Application Volume 1, Attached 5 - 1-5 - Oil Sands Aquatics Monitoring Program - RAMP, Attached 15 - 2B-2 - Terrestrial Vegetation Baseline for Project Millennium, Alberta, Attached 16 - 2B-3 - Wetlands Baseline for Project Millennium, Attached 2 - 1-2 - Project Millennium-Maps, Attached 6 - 1-6 - Project Millennium Conceptual Plan for Fish Habitat, Attached 26 - 2D-0 - Project Millennium Application Volume 2D, Attached 27 - 3-0 - Government of Alberta Submission to Alberta Energy & Utilities Board Hearing, Attached 19 - 2B-6 - Wildlife Baseline Conditions for Project Millennium, Attached 7 - 2A-0 - Project Millennium Application Volume 2A, Attached 1 - 1-1 - Project Millennium Application Summary, Attached 18 - 2B-5 - Forestry Baseline for Project Millennium, Attached 25 - 2C-3 - Historical Resources Impact Assessment for Project Millennium, Attached 4 - 1-4 - 1997 Synthesis of Enviromental Information on Consolidated-Composite Tailings, Attached 9 - 2A-2 - Hydrology Baseline for Project Millennium, Attached 17 - 2B-4 - Ecological Land Classification for Project Millennium, Attached 3 - 1-3 - Project Millennium Application Supplemental Information Response, Attached 11 - 2A-4 - Project Millennium Fall Fisheries Investigations, Attached 8 - 2A-1 - Meteorology, Emissions and Ambient Air Quality in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Attached 10 - 2A-3 - Hydrogeology Baseline for Project Millennium, Attached 13 - 2B-0 - Project Millennium Application Volume 2B, Attached 14 - 2B-1 - Soil & Terrain Baseline for Project Millennium, Attached 24 - 2C-2 - Traditional Resource Use Fort McKay & Neighbouring Communities-Archival Sampling Program, Attached 12 - 2A-5 - Winter Aquatics Surveys-Steepbank River-Shipyard Lake, Attached 23 - 2C-1 - Naphthenic Acids-Update on Mammalian Toxicity, Attached 20 - 2B-7 - Winter Wildlife Surveys-Steepbank River-Shipyard Lake, Attached 21 - 2B-8 - Wildlife Habitat-Suitability Index for Project Millennium, Attached 22 - 2C-0 - Project Millennium Application Volume 2C
    Date Created: 1998