#GlobalNews: “Oilsands tailings pond approval terms shortened for former Shell facilities” #Toronto #Montreal #Calgary #Ottawa #Canada
The Alberta Energy Regulator says it has authorised tailings pond administration plans for 2 former Shell Canada oilsands mines in northern Alberta however has recognized “deficiencies” within the plans that should be addressed over the subsequent three or 4 years.
The regulator says the plans related to the mines are insufficient in coping with present fluid tailings ponds, their proposed reclamation plans are unsure over the medium and long run and there are considerations concerning the proposed tailings remedy know-how.
It says an modification should be submitted by September 2021, by the present proprietor, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., to deal with the Muskeg River mine plan’s shortcomings and by September 2022, for points with the Jackpine mine’s plan.
It says Canadian Natural is proposing no bitumen manufacturing growth at Jackpine, which suggests its end-of-life date is prolonged from 2052 to 2105, however that’s inconsistent with what was beforehand authorised.
Tailings ponds, that are thought-about poisonous to wildlife, are big storage lakes used to separate oil, sand and chemical substances from water utilized in oilsands ore transportation and processing.
Last October, the AER authorised a tailings administration plan for Suncor Energy Ltd.’s Millennium mine after it rejected its first software, though it stated it was nonetheless involved concerning the size of time it would take to remediate the ponds.
It added analysis, monitoring and reporting necessities to make sure efforts go forward on schedule, however the Pembina Institute referred to as Suncor’s plan unambitious and obscure.
Last week, the three nations within the North American Free Trade Agreement agreed to vote on whether or not to research if Canada is failing to implement environmental laws on tailings ponds, a transfer required after the commerce treaty’s environmental watchdog concluded there have been critical questions on how the federal authorities enforces the Fisheries Act in relation to the enormous ponds.
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