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 #: 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.)

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: Special Areas Water Supply Project - Latest Update: March 28, 2018

Responsible Director: AEP
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.

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

Awaiting submission of the EIA/Application.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Feb 4, 2011 (1 page, <1 MB)
  2. Project Description- Dec 2017 (6 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map- Jan 9, 2018 (1 page, <1 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference- Dec 15, 2017 (18 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice- Jan 9, 2018 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR - 7- Mar 1, 2018 (76 pages, 2.9 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference- Mar 22, 2018 (18 pages, <1 MB)

Alberta Transportation

Proponent Project: Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project - Latest Update: April 6, 2018

Responsible Director: AEP
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.

Project Stage: The EIA report was submitted October 2017. The review of the EIA has commenced.

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

On March 28, 2018, Alberta Transportation submitted updated information which is now under review.

  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 – 12- Dec 2014 (98 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)
  9. CEAA’s Website
  10. NRCB's Website
  11. EIA- Oct 2017
  12. Public Notice - Nov 6, 2017 (2 pages, <1 MB)

Benga Mining Limited

Proponent Project: Grassy Mountain Coal Project - Latest Update: March 12, 2018

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, 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.

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.

A request for supplemental information was sent on December 20, 2017.

On March 1, 2018, Benga submitted supplemental information which is now under review.

  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 (97 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. Public Notice Update- Dec 7, 2015 (3 pages, <1 MB)
  9. CEAA’s Website
  10. Major Deficiencies Letter- Jan 25, 2016 (7 pages, <1 MB)
  11. Major Deficiencies Letter Addendum- Mar 21, 2016 (24 pages, <1 MB)
  12. EIA- Oct 2017
  13. AER Application #1844520
  14. AER Application #1902073
  15. Public Notice- Oct 31, 2017 (3 pages, <1 MB)

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Proponent Project: Horizon North Pit Extension – Latest Update: May 31, 2018

Responsible Director: AER
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 (1,346 ha); additional overburden storage areas (2,102 ha); and updated closure and reclamation plans.

Project Stage: The EIA report was submitted April 30, 2018. The review of the EIA has commenced. The deadline for statements of concern (SOC) on the applications is July 3, 2018.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Oct 30, 2017 (2 pages, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table- Oct 25, 2017 (4 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map- Nov 24, 2017 (1 page, <1 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference- Oct 20, 2017 (20 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice- Nov 24, 2017 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR - 6- Jan 23, 2018 (249 pages, 8.9 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference– Feb 14, 2018 (20 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice– Feb 15, 2018 (1 page, <1 MB)
  9. EIA– Apr 2018
  10. AER Application #1909112
  11. Public Notice– May 14, 2018 (4 pages, <1 MB)

MEG Energy Corp.

Proponent Project: May River Project - Latest Update: February 28, 2018

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
EPEA Appl#: 001-00380416
OSCA Appl#: 1880245

The project would target bitumen resources in the McMurray Formation using steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology. The project would be developed over three phases with a total planned capacity of about 26 000 m3 per day (164,000 bbl/d). The project would consist of three central processing facilities, natural-gas-fired cogeneration at Phases 1 and 3, associated field facilities, and related infrastructure.

Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were submitted February 2017.

Requests for supplemental information were requested on May 10 and November 17, 2017.

The company submitted supplemental information on September 15, 2017 and January 22, 2018.

On February 28, 2018, the designated Director of Environmental Assessment notified the Alberta Energy Regulator that the EIA report is complete pursuant to section 53 of EPEA.

The review took 53 weeks.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Mar 28, 2016 (2 pages, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table – Revised- Aug 4, 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 - Original- Jul 5, 2016 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice- Jul 5, 2016 (1 page, <1 MB)
  9. Final Terms of Reference - Amended - Sep 19, 2016 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  10. Amended FTOR Notice- Sep 19, 2016 (1 page, <1 MB)
  11. EIA- Feb 2017
  12. AER Application #1880245
  13. Public Notice- Feb 28, 2017 (3 pages, <1 MB)
  14. EIA Complete Letter- Feb 28, 2018 (2 pages, <1 MB)

Pembina Gas Services Ltd.

Proponent Project: Two Lakes Sour Gas Processing Facility - Latest Update: May 31, 2018

Responsible Director: AER
Location: Approximately 45 km southwest of Grand Prairie
Township 68, Range 9, W6M
Municipality: Municipal District of Greenview No. 16
Activity Type: Sour Gas Processing Facility
File #: TBD

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.

Project Stage: The Alberta Energy Regulator is preparing final terms of reference.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Feb 1, 2018 (2 pages, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table- Jan 24, 2018 (4 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map- Apr 5, 2018 (1 page, 4.5 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference- Mar 21, 2018 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice- Apr 6, 2018 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR - 2- May 31, 2018 (20 pages, 1.4 MB)

Suncor Energy Inc.

Proponent Project: Lewis - Latest Update: March 12, 2018

Responsible Director: AER
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
File#: TBD

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.

Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were submitted February 2018. The review of the EIA has commenced.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Nov 23, 2016 (2 pages, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table and Map- Nov 17, 2016 (6 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Proposed Terms of Reference- Apr 24, 2017 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  4. PTOR Notice- Apr 24, 2017 (1 page, <1 MB)
  5. Public Comments on PTOR – 6- Aug 2017 (334 pages, 8.1 MB)
  6. Final Terms of Reference– Nov 15, 2017 (20 pages, <1 MB)
  7. FTOR Notice– Nov 15, 2017 (1 page, <1 MB)
  8. EIA- Feb 2018
  9. IARApplication #1907303
  10. Public Notice - Feb 27, 2018 (4 pages, <1 MB)

Suncor Energy Inc.

Proponent Project: Meadow Creek West – Latest Update: May 31, 2018

Responsible Director: AER
Location: approximately 33 km west of Anzac and 38 km south of south of Fort McMurray
Townships 84 & 85, Ranges 9-12, W4M
Municipalities: Wood Buffalo
Activity Type: In-Situ
Integrated Application#: 1899100

Proposal for in situ extraction with an estimated total bitumen production of 40,000 bpd and an operational life of up to 40 years. Project components would include steam generation including natural gasfired cogeneration, water treatment and recycling, bitumen treatment, multi-well production pads, steam delivery pipelines, product recovery pipelines, local access roads, and borrow pits.

Project Stage: The EIA report and applications were submitted October 2017.

A request for supplemental information was sent on December 15, 2017.

The company submitted supplemental information on January 23, 2018.

A request for additional supplemental information was sent March 22, 2018. Suncor submitted a response on April 13, 2018 which is under review.

  1. EIA Required Letter- Jul 5, 2016 (2 pages, <1 MB)
  2. Project Summary Table- Jun 30, 2016 (3 pages, <1 MB)
  3. Map- May 31, 2016 (1 page, 1.8 MB)
  4. Proposed Terms of Reference- Nov 7, 2016 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  5. PTOR Notice- Jan 2, 2017 (1 page, <1 MB)
  6. Public Comments on PTOR – 3- Feb 27, 2017 (102 pages, 1.3 MB)
  7. Final Terms of Reference- Apr 17, 2017 (19 pages, <1 MB)
  8. FTOR Notice- Apr 17, 2017 (1 page, <1 MB)
  9. EIA- Oct 2017
  10. IARApplication #1899100
  11. Public Notice- Oct 20, 2017 (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: September 14, 2017

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.

Requests for supplemental information were sent to the company on October 9 and December 9, 2015, June 3 and July 22, 2016, and March 27, 2017.

On February 16 and November 25, 2016, April 12 and May 15, 2017, the company submitted supplemental information.

On September 14, 2017, the designated Director of Environmental Assessment notified the Alberta Energy Regulator that the EIA report is complete pursuant to section 53 of EPEA.

The review took 128 weeks.

  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)
  12. EIA Complete Letter- Sep 14, 2017 (2 pages, <1 MB)

Town of Canmore

Proponent Project: Cougar Creek Debris Flood Retention Structure - Latest Update: March 26, 2018

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 #: 384210
NRCB Appl#: 1601

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.

Requests for supplemental information were sent December 21, 2016, October 3, 2017, and March 9, 2019.

On June 9 and December 12, 2017, and March 20, 2018, the Town of Canmore submitted supplemental information. A project update was also submitted on December 12, 2017.

On March 23, 2018, the designated Director of Environmental Assessment notified the Natural Resources Conservation Board that the EIA report is complete pursuant to section 53 of EPEA.

The review took 85 weeks.

  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
  10. Public Notice- Sep 6, 2016 (1 page, <1 MB)
  11. EIA Complete Letter- Mar 23, 2018 (2 pages, <1 MB)
  12. Letter to Proponent- Mar 23, 2018 (1 page, <1 MB)

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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Phone: 780 427-2985

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