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Title: Great Expectations The Contribution of Environmental Impact Assessment EIA to Decision Making in Alb


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Great Expectations The Contribution of
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to
Decision Making in Alberta
  • Anke Seifried
  • August 25, 2003

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http//www.vyh.fi/eng/intcoop/regional/arctic/eiag
uide.pdf
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Presentation Overview
  • The Province of Alberta in Canada
  • Decisions and the EIA Process
  • Multi-tasking
  • providing all relevant information
  • acting as the universal conscience
  • being neutral
  • being innovative
  • dealing with new issues and
  • strategic decision making

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Alberta
49 60 Lat 110 120 Long
810,000 sq km
Alberta Area 640,000 sq km Low Slave River,
170 m High Mount Columbia 3,747 m
Iceland Area 103,000 sq km
Low Sea level High Hvannadalsshukur 2,119 m
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1. Alberta Highlights - Populationhttp//www3.gov
.ab.ca/gs/pdf/vs/2000_annual_review/Population.pdf
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Alberta Highlights -Hydrocarbon
Oil Field Gas Field Oil Sands Coal Field Coal Mine
OIL SANDS
COAL
http//www.energy.gov.ab.ca/osd/docs/royalty/os_ov
erview.pdf
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Alberta Highlights - Crude Oil in 2000
1 barrel x 0.159 1 Cubic Meter
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1973 Syncrude
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July 03
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3. Expectations and the Legislated EIA Process
Environmental Impact Assessment by Industry
Sector 1993 - 2003
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4. Decisions and the Alberta Environmental Impact
Assessment Process
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Alberta Environmenthttp//www3.gov.ab.ca/env/prot
enf/assessment/whatsnew.html
  • Register of Environmental Assessment -- What's
    New?
  • EnCana Corporation Activity Type Oil
    Registered 18-SEP-2000 Proposed Phases II and
    III, Foster Creek Commercial Project,
    approximately 60km north of La Corey, Cold Lake
    Air Weapons Range, Lakeland County. On June 26,
    2003, Alberta Environment's Supplemental
    Information Request was sent to the EUB, as well
    as on July 9, 2003, the EUB issued the joint
    Supplemental Request to the company.
  • Husky Oil Operations Limited Activity Type Oil
    Registered 02-APR-2001Proposed Tucker Thermal
    (SAGD) Project, approximately 12km northwest of
    Cold Lake, southwest of Imperial Oils Cold Lake
    Project, M.D. of Bonnyville No. 87. On July 2,
    2003, Alberta Environment's Supplemental
    Information Request was sent to the EUB, as well
    as on July 8, 2003, the EUB issued the joint
    Supplemental Request to the company.

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  • Syncrude Video on-line http//www.syncrude.com/who
    _we_are/video.html
  • Suncor Photo Libraryhttp//www.suncor.com/bins/co
    ntent_page.asp?cid4-1068
  • Shell June 19, 2003 News Releasehttp//66.46.147.
    14/code/library/news/2003/03nr_jun19_aosp.html

Suncor 320 T Truck Employee
Further Environmental and Industrial Information
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5. Canadas EIA Regime Acting as the Universal
Conscience
  • Legislation - federal and provincial,
    territorial, municipal
  • Review of legislation
  • Public involvement
  • Review of EIA
  • Decision by Panel or Board
  • Decision/recommendation
  • Federal-Provincial cooperation agreements

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6. Be Neutral Alberta Energy and Utilities
Boardhttp//www.eub.gov.ab.ca/bbs/default.htm
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Current Applications (Examples)Highwood Storage
and DiversionMuskeg Valley Limestone Quarry
Completed Reviews (Examples)Dunvegan Power
Project Eagle Lake Recreation Development
Golf Course at Evan Thomas Creek Lightweight
Coated Paper Mill
Natural Resources Conservation Board
http//www.nrcb.gov.ab.ca/web/home/index.cfm
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8. Be innovative to allow for new ways to deal
with impacts and impact management
  • Synergistic (combined industrial/municipal sewage
    treatment)
  • Social impacts and contracting (contracts with
    aboriginal population for traditional land use
    studies and non-traditional work)
  • Holistic - Creative sentencing (fines not into
    General Revenue but specific programs with media
    coverage)

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9. Deal with new issues and limitations of the
process
  • Cumulative impacts
  • Climate Change
  • Strategic environmental assessments(not brick
    and mortar but program related)

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10. Emerging framework of strategies for
sustainable development Northern River Basins
Study
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Airshed ZonesWest Central AirshedWood Buffalo
AirshedParkland AirshedFort Air Partnership
http//www.casadata.org/zones/index.asp
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11. A renewal in how decisions are reached -
allow different stakeholders to agree to a common
view of the future Anke Seifriedanke.seifried_at_g
ov.ab.caAugust 2003
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